Finally, some good news: you can turn your health around, even once you’ve reached middle-age.
Recent research has shown that exercise can reverse the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on your heart in middle-aged people.
The study followed middle-aged and baby boomer individuals as they embarked on a two year regular aerobic exercise program.
The participants were required to do 150 minutes of exercise a week, as well as training designed to target fat burning.
The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, who conducted the study, found that the regular exercise actually decreased cardiac stiffness in middle-aged people. Therefore, obviously lowering the risk of heart attacks in such participants.
Furthermore, the study claims that middle-age is in fact a ‘sweet spot’ for being able to significantly improve heart health.
Doctor Erin Howden, a researcher from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute said:
“We identified that during late-middle age, the heart still maintains some of that cardiac plasticity where it can respond to exercise,” Dr Howden said.
“With two years of exercise we could improve cardiac stiffness in sedentary individuals.”
One research participant, a 53 year old man who previously survived a heart attack, gained extremely positive results from the regular exercise and turned his cardiac fitness around.
However, it is important to understand that heart plasticity does not last forever, with 65 years being the age where reversal becomes harder.
To read more about the study, click here.