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Exercise Makes the Aging Heart More Youthful

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Engaging in exercise throughout your life lends the greatest heart protective benefits, but starting at any time can be helpful, according to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers. A 20-year, multi-arm, long term study of varied exercisers and sedentary people revealed that heart disease typically affected the sedentary and casual exercisers. However, for those who exercised at least four to five times a week or more, their heart condition mimicked that seen in people decades younger. In the most recent study undertaken, researchers focused on sedentary people who just took up exercising four times a week versus a control group that took up stretching. At the end of a two-year period, the exercisers’ hearts were more youthful than that of the control group. Read more at the New York Times article.