Endurance Exercise Rejuvenates Your Heart

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Your heart is a muscle.  The good news is that you can condition it into better health with regular endurance exercise.  A new study shows that sedentary older people age 60-75 who followed an endurance exercise training program1 of one hour of aerobics 3-5 times per week for eleven months were able to rejuvenate their heart’s ability to utilize glucose – a major improvement in heart health.

The normal course of aging implies that just about everything works less well.  When your heart loses its ability to metabolize glucose efficiently then it is much more prone to energy-deprivation states which includes a much higher risk of heart attack   The problem is one of poor heart fitness and is readily corrected by exercise, which is really good news for everyone.  The choice is yours – use it or lose it.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Exercise Rejuventates Heart Function in Elderly  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol.  Soto PF, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Waggoner AD, Baumstark JM, Ehsani AA, Gropler RJ.

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