Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Enhance Blood Flow

To resist syndrome X, create an action plan that will improve your circulation.

Regular resistance or strength-training exercises enhance leg blood flow, which can help ward off metabolic syndrome -- also known as syndrome X. This condition can lead to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Squats, heel raises, crunches, and bicep curls are all examples of ways to gain strength and improve circulation.

Blood flow to the arms and legs tends to decrease with age due to increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that increases your heart rate and blood pressure and narrows blood vessels in response to stress. Decreased blood flow is associated with insulin resistance, a symptom of metabolic syndrome. In a recent study, researchers discovered that leg blood flow in middle-aged men who performed resistance training was 35 percent higher than in men who were sedentary. Incorporate at least 30 minutes per week of weight lifting into your fitness plan to build muscle strength and boost leg blood flow.

RealAge Benefit: Lifting weights for 10 minutes just 3 times per week can make your RealAge as much as 1.7 years younger.

References--
Lack of age-related decreases in basal whole leg blood flow in resistance-trained men. Miyachi, M., Tanaka, H., Kawano, H., Okajima, M., Tabata, I., Journal of Applied Physiology 2005 Oct;99(4):1384-1390. Epub 2005 Jun 16.

Cheers,

Eve :-)


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