STATES CHRONICLE – This is that period of the year when people are trying to get back in shape after the Christmas and New Year holidays. To do so, some have taken up exercising.
Now, new research shows that such an activity could also have other benefits as well. Research shows that exercising might also help reduce heart problem risks in middle-aged people.
People who have a sedentary life could take up exercising even now and still benefit from a reduction or reversion of their heart risks.
Constant Exercise and Its Heart Benefits
Of course, to reverse the heart failure risks, people need to maintain a constant exercise routine. Namely, they should engage in this activity some 4-5 times a week for at least two years.
This latest study analyzed the hearts of more than 50 people aged in between 45 and 64 years old. All of the participants were healthy but lead a sedentary life.
Experts mentioned that sitting a lot and engaging in a sedentary behavior could increase heart problem risks. The researchers divided the participants into two groups. One involved in aerobic exercises for a period of two years. The other group took up yoga and weight training three times every week over the same time period.
Results showed that the first groups presented an 18% improvement in their oxygen intake and a 25% increase in the plasticity of the left ventricular of the heart. These are the markers of a healthy heart.
The second group did not present these improvements. This shows that there are specific exercises that middle-aged people could take up to reverse heart risk. Aerobic was already known for improving the heart health.
“The result was a reversal of decades of a sedentary lifestyle on the heart for most of the study participants.”
It is very important to start easy, especially if you haven’t been an active person. People should start with brisk walks and then try high-intensity aerobics and strength exercises.
Also, they shouldn’t wait too much before they decide to start exercising. The research indicated that after 65, there can be little improvements, even with constant exercise.
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