Tag Archive: cardiovascular


Statistically, two-thirds of Americans are overweight and one-third are obese.  Our pets are catching on to the trend as well.  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, half of American pets are now overweight or obese.  This has led to dramatic increases in diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis among our feline and canine companions.

It seems that if dogs are truly man’s best friend, we’re not treating Fido very well in return for his undying loyalty.  The owner is in direct control over the pet’s food intake, and some pets are getting to the point where they have to be put to sleep out of mercy.  Mercy because the pet is no longer able to move.  Their immense weight has disabled their body from functioning anymore. Continue reading

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An interesting article on what this heart surgeon believes causes heart disease and whether or not medication alone is enough treatment for it.

Heart Surgeon’s View on Heart Disease 

Lisa’s Cardio

Cardiovascular training is an essential part of any exercise program.  The choice to ignore it is an ignorant one that I have been largely guilty of.  In fact, after my high school sports were over, I largely ignored cardiovascular training because I simply don’t enjoy it.  Then, I met Lisa and it’s her favorite thing since sliced bread, so I did cardio with her.  Now I do it because I want to keep my heart and arteries healthy.

As you can tell, I’m not much of a cardio guy.  Because of that, I asked Lisa to guest-author this part.

Cardiovascular Training

Put simply, cardiovascular training is anything that trains your heart and lungs to perform optimally.  So, the result of it is a lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and better cholesterol levels.  Also, it seems to work well in decreasing insulin resistance and therefore decreasing your risk of diabetes. Continue reading