How to Go from a Standstill to a Healthier Heart
By Sandy Schroeder
If you want to be more active than you are, the latest research on reversing lifestyles might be a good place to start. New research says an aerobics push could make a huge difference for people in their forties to sixties.
A study in Circulation of 53 healthy but inactive adults, ages 45 to 64, showed those who did two years of intense aerobic exercise achieved key heart health improvements with an 18 percent increase in oxygen intake and a 25 percent improvement in the plasticity of the left heart ventricle.
Lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Levine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said, “We found the ‘sweet spot’ to lower heart risk for inactive late-middle agers may be doing aerobics four to five times a week. The results can be a reversal of years of sedentary behavior.”
How Chiropractic Helps
If you fit the sedentary lifestyle profile, this may be the time to take action. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you helps people of all ages rethink their lifestyles every day.
When you come in, be prepared to get to know your chiropractor as you figure out what your new fitness plans should be. The chiropractic focus on spinal health may relieve aches and pains, and help to establish new fitness habits.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep you at your peak as you consider new fitness routines like these recommended aerobics. Check with your doctor for approval and then consider three months of 30-minute moderate sessions which build up fitness, and then add the high intensity sessions.
- One weekly strength training session
- Two to three days each week of moderate aerobic intensity.
- One high-intensity aerobic workout with 12 minutes of maximum heart rate exercise and three minutes of active recovery.
- One or more long aerobic weekly exercises with running, dancing, fast walking, tennis or cycling.
However you tackle your new fitness routines, the researchers recommend finding ways to incorporate exercise in your daily schedule. You may get up earlier to go for runs, or do some brisk walking after lunch. Or you may want to do strength training after work.
When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Learn more about their affordable personal healthcare plans that require no insurance and walk-in visits that need no appointments. Weekend and evening hours are available.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.