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Even people who begin exercising as late as 45 to 60 years can experience the benefits of an increased heart mass, provided they exercise regularly for at least 4 to 5 times per week.

Exercising regularly helps to build heart mass

A study, presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans has suggested that exercising regularly helps to build heart mass. The study, the first of its kind, dealt with the effects of life long exercise on the heart mass. It was conducted on a group of 121 individuals with no previous record of any heart disease. 59 of the participants were people who had lived a sedentary lifestyle while 62 participants, all above the age of 65, had been exercising regularly for a major part of their lives. The number of aerobic exercise sessions per week were taken into account and their heart mass was measured. It was found that the heart mass was directly proportional to the time committed to exercise.
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We all know that as we age, our skeletal muscles lose weight. But it will be interesting to note that the same holds true for the cardiac muscles as well. They tend to atrophy as we age. However, with regular exercising, not only is the process of atrophy arrested, but is actually reversed. A higher heart mass indicates the strength of the cardiac muscles. The more the heart mass, the better is the capacity of the heart to pump blood and to fight against heart conditions associated with old age, like cardiac failure.

Even people who begin exercising as late as 45 to 60 years can experience the benefits of an increased heart mass, provided they exercise regularly for at least 4 to 5 times per week. The heart mass of the elderly people who have been exercising regularly, is not only preserved but actually increases and may be better than the heart mass of younger people in the age group of 25 to 34 who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Inactivity can lead to heart diseases

Inactivity can lead to various heart diseases, like the coronary vessel disease, almost in the same manner as smoking, high blood pressure and a high cholesterol level do. In fact, it is said that the results of quitting smoking and a better diet begin to show only after the concerned individual begins to exercise regularly as well. People who take up some form of physical exercise are at a 45% less risk of developing a heart disease. Burning at least 250 calories per day by way of exercise seems to offer considerable protection against various heart diseases. According to the American Heart Association, 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week is ideal for one’s heart. People can benefit by exercising regularly for 30 minutes at least five times a week. For each hour of regular exercise, the life expectancy is prolonged by about 2 hours.

Exercising helps the body to regain stamina and functionality and delays the aging process. Now, the latest study also shows its beneficial effects on the cardiac mass. Exercising improves the blood circulation, helps in managing blood pressure, reduces the chances of a heart disease, helps to keep stress under check, improves cholesterol levels, prevents bone loss associated with ageing and boosts the general energy level. Thus we see that it helps to maintain a good quality of life even at an old age.