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Work on your car­dio for a long, healthy life

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Your lev­els of LDL or ‘bad’ choles­terol in­crease nat­u­rally as you age, putting you at in­creased risk of heart dis­ease – but new re­search has dis­cov­ered a fix for this, and it doesn’t in­volve glug­ging sun­flower oil for the polyun­sat­u­rated fats. Sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of South Carolina an­a­lysed health data from more than 11,000 peo­ple over 36 years and found that men with poor car­dio fit­ness usu­ally de­vel­oped un­favourable choles­terol in their early 30s, while those with good car­dio didn’t un­til their mid-40s. So add a car­dio blast to the end of your strength work­outs – 500m on the rower or 1km on the tread­mill will be short and sharp enough to pre­vent you los­ing mus­cle gains – and you could de­lay a dan­ger­ous part of the age­ing process by 15 years.

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