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According to a new study, which the Journal of Physiology recently published, regular exercise might be the way to stop the heart and the arteries from getting old. The study was done on about 100 people in their 60s and found that exercising two or three times a week was not actually enough to maintain all the arteries healthy. It seems that exercising four to five times a week is a much better idea. Moreover, according to the researchers, it sees that any for of exercise maintains your hearth healthy.
In order to reach this conclusion, the team of experts looked at the volunteers’ exercise history and the measured just how stiff their arteries were. For those who may not know, arteries are the main blood vessels that transport the blood in and out of the heart and towards all the other parts of the body. They are small tubes which, as the person ages, become stiff. Apart from this, an unbalanced diet and unhealthy lifestyle can cause them to become blocked with fat, something that could be potentially fatal.
Regular exercise helps your heart and arteries stay young
According to the United States researchers who conducted this study, exercising two or three times a week can keep the arteries young, especially those transporting blood to the neck and head. However, exercising four to five times a week can maintain the central arteries a lot younger. These larger ones supply blood to the chest and abdomen areas.
It’s worth noting that the research did not take into account other influential factors like diet, education or social background. Dr. Benjamin Levine, the lead author of the study, says that these discoveries are very helpful when it comes to developing special exercises programs to maintain the heart young. It’s also important to not wait until you’re older to start doing this because it may be too late. Preventing your heart and arteries from aging should start at a younger age.
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