When I co-authored with Lorraine Brown the first book of it’s kind titled Fit NOT Fat in 2003, we showed the research that validated what researchers from University of South Carolina just published (Dec 6, 2011) in the journal Circulation: men who maintain or improve activity can help overall fitness levels, even if they’re not losing weight.
Researchers studied over 14,000 men, averaging the age of 44 over a 6 year time period. During that time they monitored their fitness levels and body mass index (a poor measurement of overweight) and then followed up with them for another 11 years to see how these factors impacted their long term health.
Researchers found that those men even though they did not cut off their weights, but actually sustained their fitness level had about 30 percent decreased in their risk of dying from certain cardiovascular diseases or from any other diseases. In addition, those study participants who continued to sustain their fitness level in 10 more years had 40 percent reduced healthy risk.
Among men who became active, about 80 percent even after the span of 11 years maintained or increased their fitness level.
Finish the California International Marathon this past weekend – Sally Edwards, CEO, Heart Zones USA
Study author, author Duck-chul Lee, a physical activity epidemiologist with the department of exercise science at the USC Arnold School of Public Health in Columbia, South Carolina said: “People need to [think] more about their fitness, and not just their fitness but trying to improve or maintain their fitness rather than focusing too much on weight loss or worrying too much about weight gain.”
And, if you use the heart rate monitor zone program, the recently patented Threshold Heart Rate Training System, you’ll be more motivated and be using the only patented CVT, cardiovascular training system that uses scientifically-validated cardio metabolic training as the basic foundation. According to Chuck Cali, President, ZONING Fitness, “cardio-workouts are like an apple a day, they keep the doctor away and they keep the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease away.”
(1) Long-Term Effects of Changes in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Body Mass Index on All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Men. The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study Duck-chul Lee, PhD; Xuemei Sui, MD, MPH; Enrique G. Artero, PhD; I-Min Lee, MBBS, MPH, ScD; Timothy S. Church, MD, PhD; Paul A. McAuley, PhD; Fatima C. Stanford, MD, MPH; Harold W. Kohl III, PhD, MSPH; Steven N. Blair, PED