Running with a Healthy Heart

Is endurance training damaging your heart?  This question is the topic of both heated debate and ongoing research.  It is vital for your health to understand the key points and to train intelligently.  

On one side, cardiologists have conducted studies that show endurance athletes have increased levels of coronary plaque, myocardial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation  (see video at right).

 

On the other side, fitness experts note that distance athletes have lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and robust cardiac health.  So while the experts debate, how should an endurance athlete continue to train without having to worry about long-term heart damage?

The answer is Recovery!  Research shows that many endurance athletes are in a  constant inflammatory state.   Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress damage the heart over time.  Proper nutrition and sufficient rest help to reduce inflammation, but these are not enough. 

 

Whole Body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation by inducing the body to increase the release of anti-inflammatory proteins into the bloodstream.  Studies have proven that cryotherapy accelerates muscle recovery by about 50%.   And your heart is by far your most important muscle.  Conclusion: if you are an endurance athlete, then Whole Body Cryotherapy should be part of your regimen.

Cardiologist James O'Keefe at TEDx

Listed below are links to several articles that provide the latest information on this topic.

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Disclaimer:  Whole Body Cryotherapy is an effective treatment for athletic recovery, pain management, inflammation reduction and skin improvement.   Numerous peer-reviewed studies have confirmed the benefits of whole body cryotherapy.   It is not a medical procedure, and all clients of Polar Cryotherapy should first check with their medical professionals to confirm whether whole body cryotherapy is appropriate for their health.