As the most advanced and effective AI-powered stationary bike of our time, one of CAR.O.L’s most remarkable benefits is her ability to optimise the blood pressure of her riders.
On an average weight loss journey, a regular exercise routine is an effective way to lower your blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity results in a stronger heart, allowing it to pump more blood with very little effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases (Mayo Clinic, 2019), which then lowers your blood pressure.
High blood pressure comes from an increase in resistance of the arteries (Paul, 2017). Due to this resistance, your heart has to work harder to get blood to your extremities and vital organs (2017). If there is difficulty in getting blood through the arteries, this can result in them becoming hardened and eventually clogged, also known as a blood clot. Once this happens, you are susceptible to metabolic diseases, like a stroke.
There are many activities that can contribute to lowering your blood pressure. But, unlike traditional time-consuming physical activity, CAR.O.L provides a shorter and smarter alternative.
When you complete two 20-second sprints of all out maximum intensity on a CAR.O.L bike, you deplete stores of glycogen in your thighs. This process triggers a survival mechanism. Depleting glycogen sets off a chemical chain reaction - sometimes known as a "metabolic signalling pathway" - that is responsible for increasing cardiovascular fitness and, ultimately, leading to a healthier you.
Completing interval-focused (very) high intensity exercises like those you can do with CAR.O.L can reduce blood pressure much faster than conventional physical activity.
Scientific evidence of blood pressure reduction in CAR.O.L riders was provided in an independent study conducted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) with the help of Dr. Lance Dalleck, Ph.D. The paper showed that when you take a ride with CAR.O.L three times a week for at least eight weeks, you can reduce associated health risks by an amazing 62% compared to only 27% if you were jogging or doing recreational exercise.
This form of exercise reduces these risks including any possible stiffening within the walls of your arteries and underlying illnesses that may occur as a result of high blood pressure such as hypertension. Studies have also repeatedly shown that [high intensity interval exercise] is the best form of exercise if you are trying to lower your blood pressure, more so than traditional cardio which has been found to have a much lower effect (Turrill, 2018).
When you make the choice to take your first ride on CAR.O.L, you are making a smart choice to dramatically improve your health and wellbeing.
References Sourced in this Post:
Cuddy F. et. al (2019) ‘Reduced Exertion High-Intensity Interval Training is More Effective at Improving Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Cardiometabolic Health than Traditional Moderate-Intensity Continuous Training’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 07 February.
Turrill K. (2018) ‘Weight loss for high blood pressure: Five ways this workout can help cardiovascular health’. Express UK. 02 March.
Paul A. (2017) ‘5 reasons it is important to manage your high blood pressure’. Sentara. Assessed: 23 March.
Newsletter (2019) Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure Print. Mayo Clinic. Assessed: 09 January.