Absolute peak exercise capacity on a treadmill
predicts mortality, not how long you can go.
New research reports.
Peak Exercise Capacity ...
is what medical researchers call the most intense aspect of exercise.
It's the hardest part. Itís the 15 seconds of sprinting at the
end of a long run. Itís the most difficult 10 seconds of pumping
during a peak level on an exercise bike. Itís the last few reps
at the end of working "legs" in the gym. Itís walking
up stairs and having to stop and catch your breath.
the highest-intensity aspect of exercise is measured, it has been
proven to be a better predictor of how long someone will live
than other factors ó including health risk factors like high cholesterol,
diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.
from Stanford University, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care
System, tested over 6,200 men and concluded that the chances of
staying alive increase by 12 percent with each increase of a single
metabolic equivalent when exercising as hard as possible
on a treadmill.
METs increase with the intensity of exercise.
2 METs - walking at 2 mph
5 METs - walking at 4 mph
8 METs - jogging at 6 mph
The risk of death for those who could not get beyond 4 METs (brisk walking) was more than double the group who could get past 8 METs (jogging).
this means to you
Simply, this study shows that traditional strategies of increasing longevity do little when compared to the strategy of using exercise to improve health and fitness.
Adults should consider (with physician clearance) performing high-intensity fitness training that will increase "absolute peak exercise capacity" and raise MET performance rating during exercise.
High-intensity anaerobic exercise makes you sweat and breathe hard and is the most demanding type of exercise. However, this is the type of fitness training that yields wonderful fitness dividends for healthy adults.
All adults need to consider performing a fitness improvement plan that will gradually build "peak exercise capacity." And thatís what Ready Set Go Fitness is all about! More in the next newsletter.
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Campbell, M.S., M.A., FACHE
Institutes of Health research cited in newsletter
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NOTE: The purpose of this newsletter is to expand thinking about fitness as an informational source for readers, and is not medical advice. Before attempting the Synergy Fitness program, the Sprint 8 Workout, or any high-intensity exercise program, consult your physician. This is not just a liability warning; it's wise to have a baseline medical exam before beginning a fitness program. Make your physician a partner in your fitness improvement plan.