It’s Not Too Late: Get Fit After 40
A new study of French men between 55 and 70 years old showed that “relatively intensive” endurance exercise—in this case, cycling or running—benefits the heart, even if men begin training in middle age. In this study, benefits were similar in men who had started training before the age of 30 and in those who had begun after the age of 40.
The study was reported May 9 at the EuroPRevent Congress, a conference dedicated to preventive cardiology, by David Matelot of the National Institute of Health and Scientific Research in Rennes, France.
It’s never too late to change your way of life and get more physically active – David Matelot, researcher
The over-40 group involved in the study had no other cardiovascular risk factors. They were divided according to their level of exercise and the age at which they’d begun. Ten of the men had not exercised for more than two hours a week throughout most of their lives. Thirty had exercised for at least seven hours a week for more than five years, either beginning their regimens before the age of 30 (with an average starting age of 22) or after the age of 40 (with an average starting age of 48).
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