If you’ve been on a mission to get back to a regular, healthy chest, you’re in luck: the latest chest exercise program is making a comeback.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, the new exercise program called the Heart of the Matter Chest (HOMC) has been gaining popularity.
“There are a number of studies that have looked at the effects of different chest exercises on body composition and health and body composition change over time,” said Dr. Thomas Bierut, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the study’s lead author.
“The goal of this study was to understand whether HOMC was an effective way to reduce the risk of developing coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events.”
To do so, the researchers recruited 10 men and women over the age of 50 with a history of heart disease and other conditions.
Each participant was given six weeks of HOMM, or the Heart Exercise Protocol, a program that combines cardiovascular activity with exercises that aim to improve cardiovascular health.
The study involved eight weeks of the program, followed by eight weeks without HOM.
After the eighth week, the subjects had to complete a self-monitoring test that measures cardiovascular health in a standardized way.
After the final six weeks, participants completed the Body Composition Index, or BCI, which measures body composition.
“We wanted to see if there was a benefit of the HOMCs for heart disease, because that is a big issue in our country right now,” Bieruts told NBC News.
“It’s very important to remember that heart disease is not a disease, but a complex disease that affects many different organs and tissues.
So the key to treating heart disease in this population is to maintain a healthy body composition.”
In the study, the HommC program produced significant improvements in body composition, according to Bieruch.
Compared to participants who were on a regular exercise program, participants in the HMMC program had lower body mass index and body fat.
In addition, the participants in HMMCs performed better on their body composition measures.
“In terms of cardiovascular health, the results were very positive, which is surprising because heart disease rates have been increasing steadily in the United States,” said Bierutt, adding that it’s difficult to know what the health benefits might be for patients.
“So we wanted to determine whether the benefits of HMMc outweigh the risks of this new type of exercise,” he said.
“These are all very good things,” Biersut said.
“It’s really exciting to see a program where we’re able to get people back into the habit of exercise.”
While the study looked at cardiovascular health specifically, it found the benefits to be more general, including improvements in blood pressure and glucose levels.
“This study demonstrates that the Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, does have some health benefits that are specific to people with heart disease,” Biesut said, adding, “but there are many other benefits that we’re seeing from HRT that may extend beyond heart disease.”
The study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health, was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.