Get Heart Smart
The American Heart Association provides some sobering statistics on heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
- Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
- About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.
- Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
But here’s the good news: 80% of heart disease and stroke events are preventable.
Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Preventing heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases means making smart choices now that will pay off for the rest of your life. No matter your age, you can benefit from simple steps to keep your heart healthy.
The American Heart Association suggests that you avoid foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. “Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes and seeds and try eating some meals without meat. Select lower fat dairy products and poultry (skinless). Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat. If you choose to eat meat, select the leanest cuts available.”
Is Oxycise! really good for your heart?
YES! Oxycise! is both an aerobic and a cardiovascular workout. When done regularly, Oxycise! will help strengthen your heart and improve your circulation and your resting heart rate.
Have you ever thought about why your heart pumps during traditional cardiovascular workouts? — because you are breathing hard and oxygen is carried to the rest of your body through the bloodstream. That means your heart has to pump harder to get it delivered. When you Oxycise! with lots of air volume and “gusto” your heart rate goes up immediately. Several athletes have commented that they reach their target heart zone while doing Oxycise!
But many fitness experts say that you must maintain an aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes in order to benefit your cardiovascular system — Does this mean that a 15 minute Oxycise! workout is too short to be effective?
No. Jill explains that most fitness leaders are referring to aerobic activity in the traditional sense. Traditional aerobics require a period of warm up before you reach your peak efficiency. And you usually have to pound your body until you gasp for air.
“The difference with Oxycise!,” says Jill, “is that you are accomplishing a more powerful aerobic activity. The calorie burn has been documented at universities. The many other cardiovascular effects (lower blood pressure, relief from stress, increased strength and endurance, lower cholesterol, etc.) are documented by hundreds of letters from Oxycise! participants.”
This is one of the greatest things about Oxycise! — that you can improve your cardiovascular health without pounding your body, heavy sweating or shortness of breath. Take heart!