Research shows that exercise like cycling can reverse age-related heart damage

From Bicycling.com

 

Failed love affairs notwithstanding, time can take a real toll on your ticker. Sedentary middle-aged adults can end up with stiffening in the heart muscle, particularly the left ventricle (the chamber that pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body), raising the risk for heart failure. Masters athletes of the same age, by contrast, have large, compliant left ventricles similar to those of their younger peers.

Now, groundbreaking research shows that people can reverse age-related heart damage, but they need to make regular aerobic exercise—like cycling—a part of their daily lives before it’s too late.

In a recent study published in Circulation, cardiologists at UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources had 53 sedentary adults, ages 45-64, either perform a cardiovascular exercise program for two years or act as a control group, participating in yoga and balance training over the same period. After a gradual three-month buildup, the cardio group ultimately worked out four to five days a week and for 30 minutes at a time, including one high-intensity interval workout and one longer session.

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