While all aerobic or “cardio” activity is good for your heart, you may be surprised to learn that static activities— such as strength training—may be more strongly associated with reduced heart disease risks than dynamic activities like walking and cycling, according to recent research. That doesn’t mean you should cancel your morning runs! In fact, keep them—and add in some strength training, if you’re not already doing it. An exercise routine that includes both types of physical activity—dynamic and static—is one of the most beneficial combination for heart health.
If you haven’t been exercising, know that it’s never too late to start! In fact, a recent study showed that middle-aged men and women are capable of regaining more youthful heart health through regular exercise, even after decades of inactivity!
Being sedentary and playing catch-up in middle age is not recommended, of course. Instead, follow the American Heart Association’s (AHA) guidelines to keep your heart healthy: Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both. Add moderate-to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.