Adriane Ward – Exercise Physiologist, MD Health
There is a lot of information out there about exercise and a healthy heart. But did you know that a recent research conducted by Dr Paul Bhella, that was reported on in the Los Angeles Times found that by doing just two to three aerobic exercise sessions of between 20-25 minutes each week people are able to keep their hearts functioning the same as someone in their 30’s? This only improved with people participating in four to five times per week.
These results were based on people that had participated in these amounts of aerobic exercise regularly through out their lives. This doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to start. Dr Ian Gillam, an accredited exercise physiologist and industry buysoma.net development officer at Exercise and Sports Science Australia (www.essa.org.au), interpreted the results by saying that “if we can identify people in middle age and encourage them to exercise four to five times per week, the results of this research shows that this may assist in preventing some of the major heart conditions of old age, including heart failure.”
Exercising regularly for four to five times per week if starting from middle aged or as little as two to three times per week from a younger age if done regularly from a younger age, means that as little as 40 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity per week, is all that is needed to keep your heart as young as you feel.