According to a new research, four to five days of exercise per week can significantly improve your heart health.
A study published in The Journal of Physiology found that the amount of exercise you do has different effects on different sized arteries.
When people age, their arteries begin to stiffen, which can lead to a risk of heart attack.
The study, called The Effect of Lifelong Exercise Frequency on Arterial Stiffness, looked at 102 people older than 60 years who had been physically active throughout their lives. The researchers measured the participant’s arteries stiffness and split them up into groups based on the amount of exercise they do. The categories were: less than two days per week, two to three days, and four to five days and six to seven days.
Their research found that exercising can improve the stiffness of arteries.
Researchers found that two to three days of exercise per week may aid in minimizing stiffening of the body’s middle-sized arteries. But, four to five days of exercise per week will keep the body’s larger, central arteries young, in addition to the middle-sized arteries.
“This work is really exciting because it enables us to develop exercise programs to keep the heart youthful and even turn back time on older hearts and blood vessels,” Dr. Benjamin Levine, co-author of the study, said in the release.
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