A healthy heart is like a rubber band. The more elastic it is, the better it works. A new study by Benjamin Levine at the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas shows lifelong exercise can help your heart stay that way.
While starting to exercise late in life has its benefits, Dr. Levine says: “You don’t want to wait too long if you want to try to make these major structural changes.”
Between the ages of 45 and 60 is when the heart typically starts to stiffen. To reduce those effects, exercise should be a conscious part of your daily routine. “Four to five days a week we think is the right dose to make sure that you have the maximum benefits.”
The study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, was presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
Source; HHS HealthBeat