Exercise makes the heart grow younger
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
People who begin an exercise regime, even in middle age, can stave off heart shrinkage and heart stiffening that comes with aging. Moderate to high intensity aerobic exercise for four or more hours per week can dramatically improve the elasticity of the heart, even for people in their 50s and 60s. This was shown in a study done by the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, in Dallas.
The key was interval training in which the heart was stressed to its maximum output capacity, then rested, then stressed and so on. The study showed people in their 50s and 60s, after two years on an exercise regime having the hearts of people in their 30s. Aerobic exercise made the difference. Strength training with weights and stretching with Yoga, did not. Hear the story in its entirety from NPR on the audio player below.
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