Training at any age!

Previously sedentary seniors who started a vigorous exercise program for a year (9 of 12 recruited stuck it out for a year) had the following positive changes:

  • more elastic blood vessels
  • increase in heart muscle
  • 20% increase in maximal oxygen consumption

The training consisted of the following:

…a 1-year training program with the goal of increasing duration and intensity as previously reported; a detailed day-by-day training plan has been published online.18

Initially, the sedentary subjects walked or jogged 3 times per week for 25 minutes/session, at the “base pace” in which target heart rates were equivalent to {approx}75% to 85% of the maximal heart rates at just below the ventilatory threshold.

At the third month, a 30 minutes/session of MSS (maximal steady state) was added monthly, and the frequency of MSS was increased to twice per month from the fifth month.

At the seventh month, 30 seconds/session of “intervals,” with target heart rates within 5 to 10 bpm of the maximal heart rate, were added, and the duration of each interval session was gradually prolonged. A 45 minutes/session of “long slow distance” was then added at the eighth month, and the duration was prolonged to 60 minutes/session by the end of the training program.

Make sure you see your doctor before starting such a regimen!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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