- A 4- to 5-day-per-week exercise routine, maintained consistently for two years, managed to rewind the effects of decades of sitting for a group of 52 middle-aged Texans.
- Participants’ exercise routines included some high-intensity sessions and at least four days of aerobic workouts every week.
- The heart-health-boosting effects were not seen in a group of participants who exercised less vigorously.
Middle-age is not too late to start exercising.
In fact, new evidence suggests that doing so can reverse some of the dangerous and deadly effects of a life spent sitting in a chair or on a couch.
In a new study released in the journal Circulation on Monday, doctors found that as a little as two years of consistent, aerobic exercise can have a dramatic effect on the health of a previously sedentary middle-aged person’s heart. In fact, the researchers say the effort can be almost as good for your heart’s flexibility as being a pro athlete.
Researchers already knew that a lifetime of exercising 4 to 5 days per week helps keep your heart healthy. But their new evidence suggests that even a person who shunned exercise for decades can change their ways in mid-life and become part of the heart-healthy crew.
“The ‘sweet spot’ in life to get off the couch and start exercising is in late-middle age, when the heart still has plasticity,” lead study author Benjamin Levine, a cardiologist from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said in a release.
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