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Heart Health for Men in their 60s and Beyond

April 20, 2010

Continuing our look at men’s heart health at any age, we come to the 60’s and beyond. Here’s what I’ve read:

Men at this stage of life may have the luxury of choosing between continued advancement in their chosen career fields, an exciting second career, retirement, or semi-retirement. But these changes don’t mean that you should give up healthy heart pursuits. In fact, it’s even more important to keep eating well and exercising.

You probably won’t be able to reach the treadmill’s top speed like you did in your 20’s, but the good news is that you don’t even need to try. Just maintaining an active life as much as possible and spending at least thirty minutes a day, six days a week, in some form of purposeful exercise will do the trick. That could mean walking or jogging (on the treadmill, in the neighborhood, or on a local track), playing a sport such as tennis or golf, or working out on a resistance machine set to accommodate your level of strength.

No matter what decade of life you find yourself in, physical heart health is both important and achievable. Don’t allow the duties and demands of any life stage to rob your heart of the care it deserves. Whether you’re a single twenty-something or a grandfather, now is the right time to establish a healthy heart lifestyle.

Since I’m a woman who is not yet in that age bracket, I can’t speak from experience. I can only pass along what I learn elsewhere. So if you’re interested in learning more about heart health for men or women at any age, check out these books by Dr. Ed Young, Dr. Michael Duncan, and Dr. Richard Leachman: Total Heart Health for Men and, with help from JoBeth Young, Total Heart Health for Women.