Excess exercise ‘hurts the heart’
I caught this online, as I am sure many of you already have, and found it interesting. This stood out to me:
Activities such as marathons, iron man distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races may cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries, leading to lasting injury.
Endurance sports such as ultramarathon running or professional cycling have been associated with as much as a five-fold increase in the prevalence of atrial fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythms.
The only 3 distance events I have on my schedule for the rest of this year are the Silver Comet half-marathon, Rock N’ Roll Savannah full marathon, and Tough Mudder. Earlier this year I questioned whether or not I would pursue any distance events beyond this year and had said that I wouldn’t. Reading this article seems to back up that decision. Yea, I might not be in that small percentage of people that are affected, but I might be. Why risk it?
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- finallybustingthrough likes this
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- lifewithkim said: I have a hard time with all these studies. I listen to my body, see my doctor regularly and discuss my fitness/training plans with her. I would recommend anyone to do the same and if distance running is a goal for you, just go about it in a smart way
- lostweightgainedlove said: so much controversy!
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- tribander said: Does it say if they ppl are first timers or properly trained? Yeah I’m a lazy bastard didn’t read the article yet…I bet more ppl die sitting on the coach. ;)
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