Too much prolonged high-intensity exercise risks heart health

Overdosing on high intensity exercise may actually increase the risk of death from a heart attack or stroke in those with existing heart disease, suggests German research published online in the journal Heart.

Similarly, a second Swedish study in the journal suggests that young men undertaking endurance exercise for more than five hours a week may increase their risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm in later life.

Both sets of findings indicate a J-shaped curve for the health benefits of exercise, with more not always meaning better, and raise questions about the intensity and duration of physical activity at different times of life, says a linked editorial.

In the German study, the researchers tracked the frequency and intensity of physical activity and the survival of more than 1000 people with stable coronary artery heart disease for 10 years.

All the participants, most of whom were in their 60s, had attended a cardiac rehabilitation programme to help them exercise regularly and ward off a further heart attack or stroke.

Current guidance recommends that heart disease patients should do up to an hour of moderate intensity aerobic activity at least five times a week. Around 40% were physically active 2-4 times weekly; 30% did more; 30% did less. Overall, one in 10 said they rarely or never did any exercise.

Exercise frequency tended to tail off off during the monitoring period, although it remained stable for those physically active 2-4 times a week.

After taking account of other influential factors, the most physically inactive were around twice as likely to have a heart attack/stroke as those who were regularly physically active. And they were around four times as likely to die of cardiovascular and all other causes.

But somewhat surprisingly, those who did the most strenuous daily exercise were also more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack/stroke, the findings showed.

In the Swedish study, the researchers quizzed more than 44,000 45-79 year old men about their leisure time physical activity patterns at the ages of 15, 30, 50, and during the past year, when their average age was 60.

Participants’ heart health was tracked for an average of 12 years from 1997 onwards to gauge how many developed an irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation — a known risk factor for stroke.

They found that men who had exercised intensively for more than five hours a week were 19% more likely to have developed the condition by the age of 60 than those exercising for less than one hour a week.

This level of risk rose to 49% among those who did more than five hours of exercise a week at the age of 30, but who subsequently did less than an hour by the time they were 60.

But those who cycled or walked briskly for an hour a day or more at the age of 60 were around 13% less

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    • Hendra K
    • May 19, 2014

    yes it’s

    • Ichigo
    • May 19, 2014

    I think it is very good exercise, but it dosn’t have that much abdominal work out unless you’re doing water arobics.

    • Christina O
    • May 19, 2014

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do it all the time!!!!!!!!

    • Boom!!! Shock A Locka
    • May 19, 2014

    try to do some leg ups while in the pool

    • hope_rising07
    • May 19, 2014

    do some crunches

    • scubalady01
    • May 19, 2014

    You can tread water, better yet, take two bricks or other weights, hold your arms out of the water and then tread for 10 minutes minimum.
    You can dive for stuff in the pool. Throw in rings in different directions and see whether you can bring them all back to the surface on one breath.
    You can try swimming using just your arms or just your legs.
    You can walk in the pool using water as resistance.
    Improve flexibility by doing rolls underwater .
    Do jumping jacks.
    Float and raise your legs straight up, alternating while keeping your body afloat. That’ll be good for your abs.

    Everyone around you will think you’ve lost your marbles, but ey .. lol

    • pete cochino
    • May 19, 2014


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