A new study suggests that working out 4 to 5 days per week can slow down the heart’s normal aging process. Researchers found that exercising 2 to 3 days per week is not enough to keep central arteries in top shape.
The study, which appeared in The Journal of Physiology, could offer some solutions to aging problems concerning the heart.
The amount of exercise one needs on a weekly basis to stay healthy has been at the center of an ongoing debate. The latest study suggests that hitting the gym 4 to 5 times per week for 30 minutes per session can have visible health benefits.
As we age, arteries become more rigid which boosts the risk of heart disease and stroke. Exercise usually lowers the risk of heart conditions and premature death, but the amount of exercise is also important.
Regular Exercise to Keep Your Heart Young
The latest study revealed that exercising for 30 minutes 2 to 3 days per week could lower the risk of stiffened arteries. Exercising for at least 30 minutes 4 to 5 days per week can help central arteries stay in good shape over the years.
Researchers involved over 100 participants in the study. All participants had a lifelong workout record. Volunteers were divided into four groups. The sedentary group exercised less than twice per week; the casual exerciser group exercised 2 to 3 times per week; the committed exerciser group exercised 4 to 5 time per week, while the master athlete group exercised 6 to 7 times per week.
Each workout session lasted for at least half an hour.
Study authors found that casual exercisers had more youthful arteries in the middle age than the sedentary group, while committed exercisers had healthier central arteries in the middle age. Larger arteries need more exercise to stay in top shape, researchers noted.
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