As we age, it takes a little longer to recover from exercise. But that doesn’t mean that as women “of a certain age,” or men for that matter, we should hang up our sneakers. In fact, there’s something to the adage, “use it or lose it!” The truth is being a weekend warrior may even add a few years to your life!
If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart disease as you age, there is great news ahead! Research indicates you can lower your risk by improving your cardiovascular fitness, even as you age. Cardiovascular fitness is a powerful predictor of health and longevity, so powerful it can reduce the risks from having other risk factors. That is powerful stuff!
Why do females sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running? Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, talks about how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean as well as the effects on infertility. Watch this Health Watch segment to learn more.