Time to run
Work on your cardio for a long, healthy life
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.