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Heart disease is still the number one cause of death among Americans, and for years medical professionals have been touting exercise a key prevention element.

Now, a new study from South Korea reveals people over the age of 60 who increase their levels of activity from continuously inactive to moderately or vigorously active three to four times a week may lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by 11 percent.

The study is especially significant because it focused on an older age group. The American Heart Association reports that the incidence of cardiovascular disease in the 60 – 79year old age group is over 70 percent for both men and women. Approximately 80 percent of people who die from heart disease are 65 and older. More than half of heart surgeries are performed on people 65 and older.

The researchers in the South Korea study defined moderate physical activity as 30 minutes or more per day of dancing, gardening, or brisk walking. Twenty minutes or more of running, fast cycling, or aerobic exercise daily counted as vigorous exercise. It was the group who adhered to these standards that showed the most improvement in their health and who reduced their risk of heart attack of stroke.

Results of a separate recent study revealed that strength training for less than one hour a week could reduce heart attack or stroke risk by 40 –  70 percent, and just two sets of bench presses which take less than five minutes to perform can be effective. This study showed that generally recommended aerobic physical activity guidelines do not have to be met for lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke,  and that strength training on its own is sufficient. 

Strength training, including resistance training (such as that offered at Strength Science Studios) has also been shown to increase the quality of sleep, aid in bone density, improve metabolism, alleviate depression and enhance the overall quality of life.

 At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focuse heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7, and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000. 

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