Too much of a good thing often is bad for people.
That goes for coffee, booze, food and now exercising. A new study shows that men who are into excessive workouts such as marathons had 62 percent more plaque buildup in their coronary arteries over 25 years than men who were sedentary, The Kansas City Star reports.
Marathoners may look fit and thin and may really get off on the runner’s high, but they are at an increased risk of having hard or calcified plaque in their arteries and the more dangerous soft, fatty plaque, which could result in a heart attack, the study conducted by Robert Schwartz and colleagues at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation notes.
But that’s not an excuse not to exercise at all. It still makes sense to follow first lady Michelle Obama in her “Let’s Move!” campaign to become more fit and lose weight.
Moderation is the key.