In this NYT article, Gretchen Reynolds shares several recent studies that bolster the evidence that exercising early in life and continuing to exercise often leads to more youthful and healthier hearts. No surprises there. However, one of those studies found that even those who did not exercise early in life, but began exercising in middle-age, were still able to improve the youthfulness of their hearts. Here’s the key takeaways:
- Study 1 (published in the Journal of the American College of Oncology): Older men and women who exercised consistently had left heart ventricles that resembled those of people decades younger. Those who exercised less had “shrunken and less powerful” left ventricles.
- Study 2 (published in the Journal of Physiology): Consistent exercise in older adults led to reduced cardiac artery stiffness.
- Study 3 (published in Circulation): Even middle-aged men and women with no history of exercise were able to gain strength and reduce stiffness in their heart’s left ventricle after beginning to exercise consistently!
Read the full article here.
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