Your heart itself is a muscle, so it follows that healthy muscles would help keep your heart healthy too, right? It may come as a surprise that all of your muscles contribute to the overall health of your cardiovascular system. This means that strength training, far from being only for bodybuilders, is important for everyone: male or female, young or old.
Did you know that more Americans die from heart disease each year than even cancer? According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Heart disease is such a problem in America for numerous reasons: dietary problems in our culture, an increased prevalence of the sedentary lifestyle, and more.
Because of a preponderance of scientific evidence and real-world experience, Olumia Life has been created with the idea of using every interconnected part of your overall health to achieve the best results efficiently and maintain for the long-term.
Strength training is the next step in preventing heart disease. Whether in conjunction with cardio exercise or not, studies have shown that strength training, and the quality muscle that results, will lower your risk of heart disease.
One of the leading causes of the buildup of plaque in your arteries is poor Insulin Efficiency. When your body is unable to transport and metabolize the energy you get from food, your cardiovascular system begins to get clogged up, leading to angina, blood clots, heart attacks, etc. Insulin efficiency affects us in myriad ways beyond cardiovascular health, so improving this has even more benefits than listed here.
Building and maintaining a healthy level of quality muscle is what strength training is all about. (It’s worth noting that this means a level of muscle appropriate for your body type and age, not just bulking up.) As one study from UCLA has shown, for every 10% improvement in your level of muscle relative to body weight, you get an 11% improvement to your insulin efficiency.
As heart disease is often associated with being overweight, less fat is an important part of the benefits of strength training as well. Strength training helps you lose weight more easily and control your weight more efficiently. The extra calories you burn when you improve your level of quality muscle from a strength training program (about 120 calories more burned per day which adds up to about 12 pounds of fat burned per year) are a constant bonus to your overall health.
Olumia Life is the perfect way to use the proper exercises, variety, order, progression, etc., of your strength training program, along with cardio and core exercises, nutrition and rest habits, to give you the best return on your fitness investment.
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