You have been busy for decades – going to school, working, raising a family, or spending time catching up on lost sleep. You have had limited time to start and stick to an exercise routine. You are now middle-aged and have the time, but, it is probably too late to start – right? Well, maybe not.
The leading cause of death in adults is cardiac disease. We know that heart muscles can weaken and the cardiac arteries stiffen as people age into the late 50s. However, this decline does not need to happen and can be reversed if it already exists. If you’re middle-aged and start exercising, you can turn back time in terms of your heart’s health. All it takes is regular exercise!
Studies have discovered that the heart can get stronger and work better for people who first start exercising in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. However, the exercise must be regular. This means it should be done on most days of the week, for 30 minutes, at a moderate intensity (with one day a week reserved for a more strenuous workout). This repurposes the heart to improve maximal oxygen uptake and decreases cardiac stiffness. Regular exercise may provide protection against the future risk of heart failure.
That being said, at Dedham Health, we’re here for you every step of the way! Call us at 781-326-2900 and learn how our Exercise Physiologists can help you reach your goals.
-Cathy M., Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health