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Pet Owners With Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes Have Healthier Hearts

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Can we get a woof, woof? New research has found that a man's best friend may be his heart's best bet too!

A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology suggests people with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol who own pets have healthier hearts then those with the same conditions who don't own pets.

After monitoring the changing heart rates of 191 people between the ages of 60 and 80 over a 24-hour period, researchers found those with a pet had higher heart rate variability than those who didn't.

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20-Year-Old Dies After Marathon Session Of Xbox

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Here is a sad reminder for video game lovers to make sure they get up and move!

20-year-old Chris Staniforth passed away from a pulmonary embolism, which kills victims sitting in the same position for hours, after a marathon session on his Xbox.

Chris had no underlying medical conditions, but was reportedly complaining of a low heart rate before he collapsed.

Ugh! Such a horrific side effect of a video game addiction! At least his parents have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games.

Microsoft, the company behind Xbox, says they "recommend gamers take breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits", but parents need to step in if their children are ignoring this recommendation.

Our hearts go out to the Staniforth family for their loss and we hope their campaign helps other video game lovers avoid the same fate as their son.

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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When performing cardio, keep your heart rate between 70-85% of your Max Heart Rate (MHR). When strength training, keep your rate between 55-70% of your MHR. An easy equation to figure out your MHR is:

• For women: 226 – your age = adjusted max heart rate
• For men: 220 – your age = adjusted max heart rate

- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT

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Boost Your Periphery Heart Rate To Burn More Calories

Want to burn the most calories in the least amount of time?

Try boosting your periphery heart rate by working out your lower and upper body at the same time! These kinds of exercises will make your heart work harder and allow your body to burn more calories in less time.

Check out the video above to see Fitperez correspondent Adam Ernster quickly explain the benefits of utilizing periphery heart rate and how to do it!

Got any questions for Adam? Follow him on Twitter and ask away!

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FitPerez Correspondent Jennifer Cohen Becomes Spokesperson For Heart Rate Monitor Company

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Need a heart rate monitor?

Talk to our FitPerez .com correspondent and celebrity personal trainer, Jennifer Cohen, who has been selected as the spokesperson for the leader in heart rate monitoring and fitness assessment technology, Polar.

Jennifer is president and CEO of NGR™ / No Gym Required™ and trainer on CW show Shedding for the Wedding

The heart rate monitor company says her training methodology and belief in heart rate training makes her the ideal voice for the Polar brand.

Jeff Padovan, president of Polar USA, said of their new partnership:

"We are thrilled to be working with such a high-spirited and knowledgeable trainer, who wholeheartedly believes in the benefits of heart rate training and Polar. There are great synergies between Polar's brand and Jennifer Cohen's approach to training, which makes her an ideal choice for us as a spokesperson."

Through her new role as spokesperson for the company, Jennifer hopes to educate the public about the advantages of heart rate training, saying:

"I am honored to have been selected by Polar USA to help educate the public about the benefits of heart rate training. Polar products accurately track calorie burn, exercise intensity, average and max heart rate, duration of exercise, progress and much more. I have seen first-hand how Polar keeps people motivated and helps them accomplish the ultimate goal of losing weight, keeping healthy and staying active."

We know that you know your stuff and think Polar made a GREAT choice! Congrats on the new gig, Jennifer!

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Have a measurement device (heart rate monitor or pedometer) to reveal work levels throughout a fitness regimen.

Whether it is a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, or using the strides per minute indicator on an elliptical, having a fitness device that gives immediate and concrete results of a person’s performance will allow the individual to gauge the intensity of their workout. According to a study by Jago, et al (2006), fitness devices even allowed individuals to workout at higher levels while in competition, thus improving their overall game play performance. At the end of the day, once a person has their exercise goals established, the device can provide insight into a person’s work rate that will enable them reach a higher level of fitness

- Physical Wellness Educator from the Style Network's Too Fatfor Fifteen: Fighting Back, John Taylor

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Staring At Breasts Is HEALTHY

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TrueSilly!Health

Good news guys!

A new German study proves that creepily staring at a woman's breasts is actually healthy!

500 men participated in the study, of which half were told to avoid looking at women's breasts for 5 years, while the other half were told to oggle those suckers on the reg and guess what?

Men who took in the sights that the female chest has to offer more often had lower rates of heart problems, a lower resting heart rate, and lower blood pressure.

Who knew?

The authors of the study recommend guys take in about ten minutes of ta-ta's a day to stay "healthy".

So next time your wife or girlfriend catch you sneaking a peek at a passing pair of boobs, remind her you're only doing it for your health! Ha!

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