Researcher calls exercise program a "prescription for life."
By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Jan 11, 2019
Good news for people who have delayed starting a training program. If the following exercise regimen is begun before age 65, studies show that the heart muscle can regain elasticity, reversing stiffening that can develop from lack of physical activity. Cardiologists from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources in Dallas have been studying how to promote health and elasticity of the heart muscle.
“Based on a series of studies performed by our team over the past 5 years, this ‘dose’ of exercise has become my prescription for life,” said principal investigator Benjamin Levine, MD, director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine and professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern. “I think people should be able to do this as part of their personal hygiene—just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.”
Studies show that to improve heart muscle health, the following activities should be performed a minimum of four to five times a week for at least 30 minutes, not including the warmup and cooldown: