Bodybuilding has numerous benefits to the body. However the most significant effect is the benefits it has on the cardiovascular system.
The intense exercises used in bodybuilding increase the protein synthesis and rate of metabolism. This is manifested by increased break down of fats in order to provide the body with energy so as to enable further exercising. When fat is broken down, there are increased levels of high density lipoprotein, the good protein, and a reduction in the levels of low density lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol. This leads to removal of cholesterol from the walls of blood vessels. The overall effect is therefore a reduction in blood pressure which is beneficial to cardiac muscles. The risk of coronary events such as myocardial infarction and heart attacks is reduced.
The diet usually used by body builders also reduces fat deposition in the cardiovascular system thereby reducing ones chances of having sudden cardiac death. With sustained exercises, the myocardial muscles of the heart undergo hypertrophy and become stronger. This allows for better oxygen delivery to muscles due to a better pumping action.
The benefits of body building to the heart are numerous and overall increase a person’s life expectancy and health.