If you care more about how your heart looks than how it runs, then by all means, exercise to your heart's content.
That might sound ridiculous, but when you boil down a recent study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, that's exactly what this "prestigious" organization recommends.
The study claims that years of exercise can keep a your heart "young." Apparently seniors who spent the past 15-25 years exercising had better hearts. And the more exercise they did, the better their hearts.
How much better? Glad you asked... because to these researchers, "better" meant that exercisers' hearts "looked" more youthful.
That's right. This study didn't examine any real-world benefits, like who lived the longest, who was the healthiest or who was most independent. Just whose hearts looked the best – or, more specifically, the most "youthful."
That's great if your heart is going into modeling... but if you're planning to live a long, healthy and independent life, wasting your remaining years in a gym is NOT the way to do it.
Focus more on what you put into your body that what you do with it, and you'll be fine. Eating few carbs and plenty of animal protein will keep you at the right weight, and do more for your body – including your heart – than all the gyms in the world. And since infection, not fat, is a leading cause of heart disease, make sure your diet includes the nutrients your body needs to keep a strong immune system.
And if you really want to do some useful exercise, you can take this study, carefully rip it out, crumple it into a little ball – and then see if you can toss it into the wastebasket from where you're sitting.
There – you've done your exercise for the day... and you've put this tommyrot right where it belongs.