Put Your Heart Into Training

What's the difference between a recreationally active adult and someone who trains for triathlons? A study published in the journal Radiology reports that an analysis of 26 professional male triathletes showed greater heart muscle mass and ventricle wall thickness. These elite runners, cyclists and swimmers had resting heart rates 17% lower than the weekend warriors allowing them to manage physical workloads more efficiently.

True Strength Moment: The scientists reporting these findings theorized that a combination of regular endurance and resistance training could help active individuals optimize heart health. You don't have to train like a pro triathlete to realize the potential benefits. The recreational adults used in this study worked out no more than 3 hours a week. Put in 5 or 6 hours and you're making progress. Researchers cautioned that going overboard with an extreme endurance or resistance challenge could have a very sudden negative impact on heart health, so keep your head in the game.
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