As someone being dragged kicking and screaming into middle age, the impact of exercise on my long-term health and well-being is something I’m very focused on.
A team of researchers from Norway and the United States looked at the effects of interval training on the VO2 Max of 70 men and 22 women aged between 20-70+ years with a training status typical for their age group. They divided the subjects into six decade-cohorts.
These findings imply that individuals across age all have a great potential for cardiovascular improvements, and that HIIT may be used as an excellent strategy for healthy aging. However, it is not determined how age may impact the training response of key components of aerobic endurance.
So, the good news is that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can help offset the effects of aging on cardio-vascular health.
You can access the full study here.