Study reveals just how much joining a gym could help your health

A new study has suggested that joining a gym might be one of the best investments you can make to help boost health and fitness levels.

The study was conducted at Iowa State University and found that people with gym memberships exercised more and had better measures of heart health.

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New research states endurance training doesn’t cause cardiac arrest in athletes

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Following a study in 2012 that saw Belgian scientists conclude that repeated intensive endurance exercise may result in damages to cardiovascular health, researchers from Saarland University have now tested this theory.

The sports medicine physicians did so by examining the hearts of elite endurance athletes. These new findings contest the theory proposed by researchers in Belgium.

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Short bursts of exercise most beneficial to teenagers

Teenagers should run around like young children and do short bursts of high-intensity exercise, according to a new study in the journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental.

Adolescents doing as little as two minutes of strenuous exercise four times a day, gain benefits in improved long-term health.

The research indicated that the same level of medium-intensity exercise did not reap the same rewards for teenagers.

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Elite athletes should get heart screening

Olympic athletes should have tailored heart screening to check for life-threatening conditions before they can compete, according to a leading Italian doctor.

After running extensive tests on 2,354 elite athletes, he discovered six had potentially fatal disorders that disqualified them from competing.

But the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says screening is not yet precise enough to be offered routinely.

Heart screening is designed to pick up abnormalities that could leave people at risk of sudden death.

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Your guide to a healthy heart

For people who have been diagnosed with a heart condition it is only natural that they are concerned about the future and seek reassurance and help after the initial treatment phase.

The authors of The Healthy Heart Book have combined their backgrounds and extensive experience in physiotherapy and nutrition to provide this comprehensive guide to achieving a full recovery.

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Coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries

coffee1People who drink three to five cups cups of coffee a day were less likely to have early signs of heart disease according to a Korean study published in the journal Heart The findings reopen the debate about whether coffee is good for the heart.

Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer some heart protection.

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