I often hear people in their 50s or 60s speak as if it’s too late for them:
“I’ve been overweight and unhealthy for 30 years. There’s nothing I can do now. It’s too late or me,” is the general sentiment.
So they give up even trying to regain their health and let (what they see as) nature do its thing.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Not only have we witnessed transformation stories right before our eyes of older people regaining their health by eating healthy, gaining fitness and losing weight—and then getting off their blood pressure or cholesterol or diabetes medication in their 50s or 60s—now there’s science, too, that says it’s not too late to reverse damage you have done to yourself even if you’re middle aged. Specifically, through diet and exercise, you can reduce your risk of heart failure caused by decades of sedentary living, the study says.
If you’re willing to embark on the path to change, you’re going to have to commit to aerobic exercise four days a week for two years, said the study published in the Journal Circulation.
To determine their findings, researchers looked at the hearts of 53 adults between the ages of 45 and 64—people who were relatively healthy but hadn’t exercised regularly in their lives.
Then they were split into two groups, one of which followed an aerobic exercise routine for two years, which progressed in intensity over time, while the other group did yoga, balance training and lifted weights.
After two years, the group that included aerobic exercise in their routine saw an 18 percent improvement in their maximum oxygen intake and more than a 25 percent improvement in plasticity in the left ventricular muscle of the heart, both of which are known markers of a healthier heart. The group that did not include aerobic exercise in their routine didn’t see those big health gains.
The study also suggests that starting a workout routine is best to do before the age of 65. After 65, it becomes increasingly more difficult to reverse the damages caused by years of unhealthy living.
So if you’re in your 40s, 50s or early 60s and are starting to become increasingly conscious of your mortality, contact us now.
It’s not too late for you to live a long, healthy life. Science says so, and our many clients who have improved their health after the age of 45 will tell you the same!