Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 58 - Diet vs. Exercise Part 3: Reduce Heart Disease Risk


Many people will say, "Exercise is good for your heart!" The more correct phrase would be, "Exercise is good for your cardiovascular system". You know, your internal plumbing. 

Things like high cholesterol, high sodium, high fat, high sugary diets can cause 'clogs' in your internal plumbing that can lead to a myriad of diseases such as (but not limited to) heart disease and stroke.

Truth is, your heart is a very powerful and efficient pump. Having said that, your heart muscle is like any other muscle in your body, it needs fuel to keep pumping. Poor lifestyle and diet choices can increase the risk of blockages in your 'plumbing' that can lead to your heart not receiving enough fuel, and therefore stop pumping!

Exercise essentially 'flushes' things out with such positive effects as lowering your blood pressure and resting heart rates. What exercise does is keeps your arteries and veins soft and pliable so that blood can pass through them with ease.

Having said that, consuming a healthy diet rich in healthy fatty acids like Omega-3's, whole grain carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables, can reduce your heart disease risk big time. I call this one a tie!
Winner: Tie

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