It’s Not Too Late to Get in Shape in Your 40s

It’s Not Too Late to Get in Shape in Your 40s

If you were big into sports in your youth and fitness is still a huge part of your life, good on you. However, if you were an indoor kid, or if your athleticism stalled out in college, there’s still time to reap longevity benefits from exercising to get in shape in your 40s.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that people who take up fitness in their 40s and keep it up into their senior years lower their mortality rate by 35 percent—about on par with lifelong exercisers.

Late fitness bloomers enjoyed a 40 percent decrease in deaths related to heart disease and a 15 percent decline in cancer-related mortality when compared with nonexercisers. Although researchers are still figuring out why, it may be that increasing exercise as you age stimulates the body’s natural defenses just when you … Read the rest

Are Eggs Bad for Our Hearts Again? A Cardiologist Breaks Down the Latest Science

Are Eggs Bad for Our Hearts Again? A Cardiologist Breaks Down the Latest Science

Years ago, everyone was ordering their omelets with egg whites only, fearing high cholesterol. Then yolks got a health seal of approval for their nutrient load. Now, research in the Journal of the American Medical Association again links eggs to heart issues. How much should we fear our favorite breakfast food? Dr. Luke Laffin, a preventive cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio, breaks it down.

The research sounds alarming, but men who are active and generally eat healthy should not be overly concerned. Nutrition studies tend to draw far-reaching conclusions—especially when they are talking about a single dietary component such as eggs. We shouldn’t dismiss the findings, however. The study is legit, using a large, diverse group of people. Here’s what I take from it: Be mindful that higher-cholesterol foods, like eggs, may increase the risk of future cardiovascular disease.

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How to Sneak in “Accidental” HIIT Workouts to Boost Your Metabolism

How to Sneak in “Accidental” HIIT Workouts to Boost Your Metabolism

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has its perks. It’s an express workout, plus there are the big cardiac and metabolism benefits.

Turns out it doesn’t take treadmill intervals to get it done. Researchers have hit upon a twist: High-Intensity Incidental Physical Activity. That’s when everyday physical activities cause heart rates to spike, as well as breathlessness—think running down a bus or train, sprinting up stairs, or doing yard work extra-fast.

According to the new U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines, any moderate to vigorous exercise, for 30 seconds or a few minutes, can boost heart health if done several times during the day.

The key is high-intensity, meaning working at 80 percent or more of max capacity. You’ll know you’re in the zone when you feel an uncomfortable shortness of breath, you can’t have a … Read the rest