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Get Moving to Get Your Heart Healthy

By Matt McMillen , ,

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It’s never too late to improve your ticker. Researchers recruited 61 couch potatoes, whose average age was 53, and extensively tested their cardiovascular function. None had diabetes. Over two years, half the participants did non-aerobic exercises such as yoga, balance training, and strength training for about three hours per week. The other half joined a progressively more challenging aerobic exercise program that included interval training on treadmills, bikes, and other equipment for three hours per week. Tests revealed that the aerobic group not only improved their cardiovascular fitness by 18 percent, but they also saw a 25 percent drop in heart stiffness, a precursor to heart failure. The non-aerobic group saw no such heart benefits.
Source: Circulation, Jan. 8, 2018