Does long-term high-intensity exercise improve health?

Conclusions from thirteen studies with a total of over 850 participants

  • Significant improvement in cholesterol values
  • Intensive endurance training reduces inflammatory markers
  • Training intensity should be at least 70 percent of HR-max or VO2max

Endurance athletes who perform prolonged training activities at high intensities improve their cholesterol values and reduce the inflammatory markers in their blood in comparison to both the values before the training programme as well as the values of a control group. This is concluded by Ethiopian scientists in a systematic review in which they pooled the results of thirteen studies with a total of 876 participants and conducted a meta-analysis. They also state that the risk of a sudden cardiac death does not increase as a result from long-term high intensity endurance training.


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