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Exercise and endothelial function in Chronic Heart Failure

10 May

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a disease most prevalent in the elderly. Additionally, symptoms are often aggravated in this population because of an overlap between the physiological age-related decline in exercise capacity and the disease-related functional decline. This study aimed to asses the effects of exercise training on endothelial progenator cells (EPCs) number and function in young and older CHF patients. It was found that 4 weeks of aerobic exercise training are effective in increasing EPCs number and function in young and older CHF patients.

60 with stable CHF and 60 healthy controls were divided into 2 age strata of 65 years old. Subjects were randomized until half of each strata (young healthy, young patients, older healthy, older patients) was in the intervention group, receiving 4 weeks of daily exercise training and the other half was in the control group, receiving usual care. EPCs number and function was measured at baseline and after 4 weeks.

This study found an age-related decline in EPCs number and function in healthy subjects, but not in CHF patients. After the short high-dose aerobic exercise training, a significant increase in function and number of EPCs was found in young and older CHF patients, and in older healthy subjects.

The beneficial effects of exercise training on endothelial function and EPCs were not diminished in older patients with CHF, emphasizing the potentials o

f exercise interventions in a patient group where CHF has a high prevalence.

Cross Training with Pilates

23 Jan

Cross training is simply a schedule of exercise using various methods. It could cardio – strength, cardio- yoga, spinning – strength. When the cardio and strength is combined together there are chances of fatigue/overtraining. Also this can put the client at risk of injury.

The benefits of pilates can be combined with regular exercise program by the clients to maximize the benefits. Pilates exercise are oriented toward functional fitness, meaning that pilates teaches you to move better in general, thereby enchancing performance and reducing risk of injury in other activities. The other key to pilates is that it works the muscles in a chain which is termed as kinetic chain in the fitness and rehab industry. The plan is work a few muscles together so that they can be synchronized in the functional pattern.

When your gymming schedule includes workout to your global muscles like deltoid, biceps, triceps, latts, quads, hams, gluteus, pilates complements with working out the smaller local stabilizing muscles like the serrtes anterior rhomboids, lower trapezes, glue medius, transverse abdominals. This kind of work in cross training will be of immense benefit in the functional capacity, body posture, better muscle function.

It is recommended that you include 2-3 sessions of pilates in your exercise schedule to get good result. For women and those in their late 50′s, the need for maintaining balance, muscle strength and flexibility are important functions to maintain a healthy life. Pilates exercise is best suited for those populations in getting these benefits with minimum efforts.

Pick your trial class for a feel of this form of exercise! Contact your branch for details.

 

Low-impact streching and toning methods

27 Dec

THERE ARE ALSO MANY LOW IMPACT stretching and toning methods that come from the west. Most recently developed exercise disciplines include Pilates and the Lotte Berk method, names after the people who developed them, Joseph Pilates and Lotte Berk, who were life long champion of physical fitness. Both methods can be used as a stretching and toning supplement, or even for rehabilitation because all movements are low-impact (no jumping or other jarring movements) and many can be done while lying down. (more…)

Best Ways to Burn Calories

31 Oct

AEROBIC EXERCISE IS THE BEST WAY to burn calories and lose weight. Although aerobic dancing is certainly a fun way to exercise, there are plenty of other ways to get an aerobic workout. Any endurance exercise is aerobic and that includes running, cycling, swimming, and many team sports. The most important thing is that you find some aerobic activity you enjoy. Read on to find out which exercise suits you best and pick up training tips on how to improve your performance. (more…)

The heart of the matter

21 Oct


ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK
about fitness and exercise without mentioning the heart and the cardiovascular system. Aerobic exercise(exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood moving) is one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular health. Since heart disease claims many lives each year, improving your heart health can help you lead a long, healthy life. (more…)