Exercise is a four-letter word for some people, but it really is the key to heart health.
I read a recent study that followed fifty-three men through two years of an exercise program designed to test the effects on heart health.
All the participants were healthy but sedentary at the start of the trial. Some were in the exercise group while the others were just observed.
Everyone had their heart measured for left-ventricular stiffness. The left ventricle is one of the four chambers of the heart and stiffness in this part of the heart muscle is a key indicator in a particular kind of heart failure.
At the end of the two years, those that had been in the exercise group had decreased left-ventricular stiffness. This meant their likelihood of heart failure also decreased.
It really is a case of move it or lose it!
Dr Carmen Hunwardsen owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy North Brisbane chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.