“Is exercise ever too much for the heart?”

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Is there such a thing as too much exercise for the heart?

Dr. Tytus was recently interviewed for Glow Magazine through the Becel Centre for Heart Health. You can find the section in the March edition of Glow Magazine, currently on newsstands, or view the  magazine online, or read the section below.

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Is there such a thing as too much exercise for the heart?

“Exercise can lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels and increase the metabolism,” says Dr. Richard Tytus, a family physician, an associate professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and a medical expert with the Becel Centre for Heart Health in Toronto. “However, extreme cardiovascular [activity] can cause stress on the cardiovascular system and the heart.” So, how do we know when we’re doing too much? Watch for signs such as dizziness, light-headedness, shortness of breath (inability to talk) or nausea. Try to be active—even a brisk walk helps!—for 30 to 40 minutes a day. You can even break your fitness routine into 10-minute increments. Avoid excess cardio, warns Tytus. “There are no cardiovascular benefits after 40 minutes of cardio exercise, so use the remaining 20 minutes or more of your workout for strength and flexibility training.”

—Glow Magazine

Posted on February 4, 2014 in Articles and Tips,Speaking Engagements

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