Physical Activity for Health: Is there a “Sweet Spot?”

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Season 1, Episode 18 Guests: Barry Franklin and Chip Lavie

In this episode of True Health Revealed we speak with Barry Franklin, PhD and Chip Lavie, MD, two of the world’s most renowned experts on the heart disease and exercise, about degrees and types of physical activity for health.

We discuss the benefits, risks and potential diminishing returns of marathons and triathlons. We review the effects of sudden intense levels of physical activity such as snow shoveling. We round up the interview by discussing relative risks for acute coronary events among those who follow different diets, and among smokers versus nonsmokers.

Find out just where the “sweet spot” of physical activity is for true health. Spoiler alert: neither too little or too much physical activity is “sweet.” But you’ll want to hear the details in this excellent episode that is far more like a conversation among friends than “doctor talk!”

Key Takeaways:

What makes physical activity beneficial?
Learn what “anti-effects” properties are (think blood clots, arrythmias, and clogged arteries)
Every minute of exercise counts
How many minutes a week of physical activity the national guidelines suggest
The Copenhagen Study’s suprising results determining the “sweet spot” for sports activities
What optimal resting heart rates are and how to achieve them naturally
How to move from sedentary behavior to physical activity

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Barry Franklin, PhD

Barry A. Franklin, PhD, currently serves as Director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Michigan, as well as Professor, Internal Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

He served as president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Franklin is a past editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and currently holds formal editorial board appointments with 15 other scientific and clinical journals. He has authored, co-authored or edited nearly 700 scientific and clinical publications, including 26 books, and since 1976, has given over 1000 invited presentations to state, national and international audiences. In 2015, he was listed by Thomson Reuters among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Clinical Medicine).

More recently (2020), he was listed by Expertscape as a “World Expert” in exercise (ranked 9th in the world among scholars writing about exercise/physical activity over the past decade).

Head shot of Carl (Chip) Lavie, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP
Carl (Chip) Lavie, Jr., MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP

Dr. Lavie is the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

From 2011 until present, Dr. Lavie has served as Chairman of the Document Oversights Committee for AACVPR. For the years 2003 and 2004 he served as Chairman of Vascular, Hypertension and Prevention for the American College of Cardiology and he has been an elite reviewer for JACC for 7 years, also receiving the Simon Dack Award as a lifetime Hall of Fame reviewer.

Dr. Lavie is an active researcher and has written more than 1,000 medical articles and book chapters for scientific medical publications and cardiology textbooks.

Read Dr. Lavie’s full bio here.

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