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Never too late to reverse cardiac effects of sedentary aging

Never too late to reverse cardiac effects of sedentary aging
From News Medical - January 9, 2018

Persons in their late middle age are not too late to work on their exercise routines to improve their heart health, finds a new study. Two years of aerobic exercises, at least four to five days a week can reverse the damage caused by years of sedentary non-active life before and also reduce the risk of heart failure. The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Circulation.

The team of researchers looked at the heart and its functioning among 53 participants who were aged between 45 and 64 years. They were all healthy but had no regular history of exercise in their daily routines. In fact they had been leading a mostly sedentary life with lots of sitting around. This is a definitive cause that raises risk of heart disease as has been seen in previous studies. They were then divided into two groups.

One group was asked to follow a routine consisting of aerobic exercise that was escalated in intensity over two years. The other group was following a routine with yoga, weight and balance training. They were also training for three times a week for two years.

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