Exercise, a Prescription for Life!
Good news for people who've delayed starting a training program! If the following exercise plan is begun at or before your mid-60s, studies show that the heart muscle can regain elasticity and reverse stiffening that can develop from lack of physical activity. To improve heart muscle health, the following exercise sessions should be performed each week for at least 30 minutes, not including the warm up and cool down:
*One 30-minute high-intensity interval training session
*One low-intensity recovery session on the day after the HIIT session
*One 1-hour moderate-intensity session, such as tennis, walking or biking
*One or two weekly strength training sessions using weights or exercise machines
Sedentary aging can lead to a stiffening of the muscle in the heart’s left ventricle, the chamber that pumps oxygen-rich blood back out to the body. When the muscle stiffens, you get high pressure and the heart chamber doesn’t fill as well with blood. In its most seve