I recently did a measure of my blood pressure and as I had naggingly suspected weeks before, it was high. Not ridiculously high but significantly beyond optimal levels, possibly warranting medication. Years ago, I used to have extreme hyperthyroid activity which calmed down since and I’ve somewhat naively taken that to mean that blood pressure should not be a huge issue since I’m not that fat or heavy. Probably under 200 now.
Yet, I’ve recently been serious about lifting again and ever since I got on that track years ago, I developed a distaste of cardio like so many people. I place part of the blame on strength gurus who warn about cardio reducing their lifting numbers and the touting of anaerobic exercise for health, never mind the fact that it is only aerobic exercise that is recommended for cardiovascular health.
I also remember reading about people who, in their own estimates, became too muscular for their heart (220+ at average’ish height) and speculations about how excess muscle can actually tax the heart more than excess fat, due to the properties of muscle needing extra vascularization/blood relative to fat.
This is not an anti-bodybuilding/powerlifting post but it makes you think? Now I’m definitely going to improve and increase my cardio and get an appointment, as I perhaps should have done long ago.
When I lift, or more specifically, when I’m done with a workout, I feel powerful but after a run or a long walk, I feel a refreshing sense of calm which lifting does not bring.