A common statistic within the fitness industry is the 70% dropout rate by the third month of a lifestyle-change program. True - most fitness groups see more than two out of every three clients quit within three months. PPT's numbers are vastly lower, generally seeing fewer than 5% abandon their programs within the first three months.
Part of what makes PPT's dropout rate so much lower than our competitors is that by embracing the science of exercise & lifestyle change, we see far better safety, efficacy and achievement. The way most of our clients see it, it is easy to stay with a program when you look good, feel good and avoid injuries!
In this article, we'll hone in on the specifics involved in building a healthy heart with a minimal risk for cardiovascular disease, America's #1 killer. In case you're not quite sure what "cardiovascular disease" really is, it is far more than just heart failure or heart attacks. Stroke, any form of arterial disease, inflammatory heart diseases and many other disorders fall into this category.
Reducing risk is a lot easier than you might think, even if your doctor believes there to be a genetic link. "The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants", and below we'll outline the 5 key checkpoints that your heart wants from you, and that we can monitor regularly:
#4: An appropriate body composition: Easily monitored by your PPT provider, we compare your muscle-to-fat ratio to that of healthy norms for your gender and age. This is a far more valuable metric than simply assessing height-to-weight, as height-to-weight will count every pound against you - even healthy weight such as bone, water or muscle tissue. Body composition is a rare form of evaluation but has remarkably strong ties to determining tangible health outcomes for your future, and staying within the healthy range will help to make your heart much healthier than it would be otherwise.
#3: Quality sleep patterns: People tend to measure their sleep in terms of hours, but studies on sleep and its value in predicting health show that the depth of one's sleep is more critical than the number of total hours. Additionally, heart health shows improvements in people who keep to a fairly regular bedtime, usually at approximately 10pm. While sleep needs vary from person to person based on activity, stress, the environment and other factors, we find that most people need over seven hours per night to maintain healthy hormonal balance and a healthier cardiovascular system.
#2: Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential through every moment of your day and night. There is not one activity that your body can perform without water, and when it has less water than it should, that activity is harder on your body. Don't wear out sooner than you have to. Keep your heart strong by consuming the appropriate amount of water each day. (Your PPT Client Services team have your personalized answer.)