Dr. Poszler

Prevention and sport

The idea that sport is healthy is a belief shared by most people in our society – but there are many different perceptions of what actually constitutes sport and how it affects your health.

These days it can be considered scientifically proven that regular, so-called “aerobic“ cardio training plays an important role in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases (i.e. in the prevention of primary or repeat events).

Furthermore physical activity has a positive effect on blood sugar and lipid metabolism, hormone balance and the immune defence system – and the probability of developing osteoporosis, depressive illnesses and dementia is significantly lowered with physical activity, just to name the basic aspects.

However, the long-term aspect is vitally important too (sport shouldn’t be an “event” but part of everyday life); it is also most important that the type of sport you choose and the intensity of training should allow for individual pre-conditions such as age, sex, constitution, fitness and health situation.

In particular, people starting or returning to participation in sport in middle age or older have an up to 50% higher risk of a cardiovascular event than people whose participation in sport has been ongoing.

For this reason, sport should be taken up under expert guidance (in a club or fitness studio or with a personal trainer) and with medical supervision, and training progress should be reviewed from a sports-medicine point of view at regular intervals.