New research indicates that in order to sustain a healthy heart, you should ensure that you exercise for around 30 minutes for four to five times per week.
It has been firmly established that weekly exercise is essential, and present recommendations by the government advise citizens to exercise for around 150 minutes each and every week. Even so, for people that are particularly interested in ensuring that their hearts are strong and healthy, there's been certain debates over what quantity of exercise is actually required.
By nature, as people grow older, their arteries, of which are essential for taking blood in and out of the heart, are at risk of seizing up and causing disease. However, researchers of a new study of which is published in the Journal of Physiology, states that any quantity of exercise minimises the overall risk of dying from heart disease, arteries can be altered varyingly, depending on the size of them.
In order to more greatly understand artery health and exercise, researchers observed 102 men and women above the age of 60 and recorded their exercise histories for a minimum of 25 years. The researchers measured the stiffness of their arteries and separated them into particular groups depending on the amount of exercise they did every week.
Taken from some of their observations, researchers came to the conclusion that individuals that regularly worked out for two to three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes had far more youthful middle-sized arteries, which are integral for the flow of blood to the neck and head. Those that frequently exercise four to five times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes had stronger and healthier large central arteries, which supported chest and abdomen blood flow, in addition to healthy middle-sized arteries, in comparison to those that exercised less frequently.
For overall health of the arteries, exercising four to five times a week is the goal, for the people observed in the study. Whilst a substantial quantity of research is still required, the findings indicate a window of workouts for people to aspire to. Researchers did not detail the sort of exercise that people in the study participated in, therefore, it is difficult to say exactly the precise amount of time and what intensity of exercise is the ideal. Nevertheless, the team undertaking the research only counted exercise sessions if they were of a moderate intensity, which means the person would have been fairly out of breath whilst performing it, said the study author, Dr. Benjamin Levine, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and director and founder of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine.