Decorated bodybuilding star Arnold Schwarzenegger never underestimates the importance of cardiovascular health. In a recent Arnold’s Pump Club newsletter, Schwarzenegger examined the findings of a World Health Organization study on reducing heart disease by 80 percent with six daily habits.
As a former seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, Schwarzenegger led an illustrious career, having pushed himself against other icons of the sport such as Sergio Oliva and Frank Zane. In addition to pursuing the ultimate physique, Schwarzenegger has always been on a mission to make fitness and bodybuilding more mainstream.
Schwarzenegger has talked openly about his heart surgeries. He shared a never-before-seen video detailing one of the harrowing experiences. Schwarzenegger explained that doctors made a mistake during one of his operations which left him suffering from life-threatening internal bleeding. Accustomed to heart health concerns, Schwarzenegger has not only changed his diet to 80% plant-based but continues to offer tips on the subject in his daily newsletter.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Daily Habits That Can Reduce Heart Disease by 80%
Check out the six habits that Schwarzenegger believes play a crucial role in boosting heart health:
- Eating whole, plant-based foods eat day
- Sleeping at least 6 hours per day (ideally 7 to 9 hours)
- Moving 150 minutes per week
- Avoiding tobacco and alcohol (two-part)
- Prioritizing social interactions
Schwarzenegger gave his thoughts on the World Health Organization study outlining the six daily habits to reduce heart disease by 80 percent.
“Can We Reduce 80% of Heart Disease?
“Health optimization” is a billion-dollar business, but most of the best things to improve your health don’t require much money.
The World Health Organization published a study that estimates 80 percent of instances of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes could be prevented by practicing six daily habits.”
While the study offers an ‘estimate’ on this percentage, Schwarzenegger found the discovery promising.
“Estimates are estimates, but anything close to an 80 percent improvement is worth the change,” Schwarzenegger shared. As you can see, the majority don’t require money — just commitment and consistency.
Schwarzenegger stressed not ‘to take on too much at once,’ and instead, to slowly add on one habit at a time.
“But here’s the real secret: if you want to see improvements, don’t take on too much at once. That’s how habits fail. Instead, focus on building one or two habits at a time. Once the changes feel automatic, then you can add more.”
Preserving longevity and youth have become guiding principles for Schwarzenegger in retirement. He recently analyzed a different study that measured the body’s ability to fight off cancer cells with regular high-intensity workouts. Schwarzenegger shared that the training program used in the experiment managed to reduce metastatic cancer cells by 70 percent.
From a plant-based diet to working out seven days a week, Schwarzenegger will never let his health take a backseat. Despite his busy schedule, his insight and passion for fitness, health, and exercise are among his top priorities.