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40 Isn't Too Old to Start Intensive Exercise

Benefits of Exercise

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  • Men who begin intensive exercise after age 40 get similar benefits to those who started prior to age 30, including lower resting heart rate and higher maximum oxygen uptake
  • Among those who start exercising at age 50 and continue for 10 years, the rate of premature death declines dramatically, similar to giving up smoking and mirroring the level seen among people who have been working out their entire lives
  • Once you hit the age of 30, you enter "somatopause," at which point your levels of human growth hormone (HGH) begin to drop off quite dramatically (this is part of what drives your aging process)
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) boosts your body's natural production of HGH, which will help address the muscle loss and atrophy that typically occurs with aging.
  • Starting an exercise program, even an intense one, is beneficial at virtually any age, including 40 and beyond

By Dr. Mercola

Exercising at very high intensity interspersed with periods of moderate rest, a program known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), is one of the latest, and most effective, fitness trends.

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