What am I doing to celebrate this [February] month of healthy hearts?
I’m rowing in the CRASH-B indoor rowing championships next Sunday. That is my personal validation of Maximum training rate, VO2max, heart rate reserve and high aerobic threshold performance to row 2,000 meters as quickly as possible. Some offer that it is nutty to do this :), ask me in a week…
To paraphrase marathoner Bill Rodgers, going fast is better so the exertion and discomfort is over sooner…
- How about a self test for your own cardio-respiratory endurance? Try a step test, mile run, or in my case a 500 meter red zone ERG sprint.
Is “cardio” endurance important? You bet your booty it is, if you’re interested in putting life in your years and years in your life, that is! Here’s one professional view ( of many!): Improving Endurance
How about these interesting factoids and trivia for our tickers?
These listed numbers are “mean” averages – with high variability – like age. My resting heart rate as a collegiate athlete was 30 beats per minute. It’s in the low 40 beats per minute range these days… Our ticker our time machine generally raises resting heart rates and lowers maximum heart rates as we age.
- 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries!?
- Over 2 Billion heart beats in a lifetime (average)
- 2,000 gallons of pumped vitals daily!
- Single file passage of red blood cells through the narrowest conduits (capillaries)
- 5 million blood cells in a drop of blood
- Red blood cells may be regenerated every ~ 120 days after their “lengthy” trips in red and blue channels of our body. Then – off to our graveyard lymphatic system and spleen ( https://www.livescience.com/44725-spleen.html ) (ref: 120 days) – I’d be tired too!
Please don’t get your monogamous scribe wrong, yet I offer Stephen Stills’ lyrics from wayback to suggest importance of sensual and sensuous emotions for healthy guys and gals.
Eagle fly with the dove and all that, honey…
What a coincidence that America celebrates Heart Month, Valentine’s Day and Wellness Coach Week in this shortest month of the year.
Sure – jump ahead to my punch line that heart, love, and wellness are intertwined.
Men’s Health magazine recently offered twelve defensible reasons to get intimate, like practice, practice. practice.
Even WebMD underscores this mammalian thing called sex : https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health.
Another site which passes my C R A A P (current, relevant, accurate, authoritative and published) test is very well – sex after sixty ->
I’ve seen articles in the NY Times and WS Journal which also share benefits of heavy breathing, even if you set date nights to enable good times – – –
Little surprise that Dr. Oz has offered his motivational views on intimacy (pardon the LONG quotation from http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/you-need-to-have-more-sex ):
“there is nothing that can bond a couple more than intimacy. With that said, here’s your motivation:
- Sex can boost your immune system! A regular schedule of sexual intercourse increases the levels of certain immunglobulins, which makes your body better able to fight against illnesses.
- Sex can improve cardiovascular health! Studies show that men who have sex more than twice a week have a reduced risk of having a heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.
- And sex can, in theory, make you live longer! When one has an orgasm, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone is released. This can increase immunity and also repairs tissue and keeps the skin healthy. A recent study illustrated that men who have at least two orgasms a week live longer than men who have sex just once every few weeks.
- We all know that sex can decrease stress. Not only will having sex improve your mood, but many studies have shown that people who indulge in regular bedroom activities can handle stress better and are generally happier people.
- With all of the press about how sleep makes you healthier and happier, it’s important to know that sexual intercourse helps you sleep better. The sleep that you get just after you’ve made love will be much more relaxed. Getting a good night’s sleep will make you feel alert and increase your overall health.
- If you have found yourself using a “headache” as an excuse to not make love, stop doing that. Have sex instead, because, when you’re about to have an orgasm, the level of the hormone oxytocin increases by five times. This endorphin actually reduces aches and pains.
- And, finally, if you hate going to the gym or following any organized fitness routine, regular sex helps keep your heart young and your muscles flexible. And it burns calories…Wink!
It’s time to get to work!”