Keep Moving

By: Peter Rowe

The article, “To Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Keep Moving,” hit home with me.

My father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 50 and my grandfather died in his 30’s from “congestive heart failure.” I was 22 when my father died in 1961. From what we know now, my genes likely predisposed me to cardiovascular issues at a young age.

1961 was well before the wellness, fitness and running boom. I decided then that the heart was like any other muscle and that, if it was exercised regularly, I could change the likely onset of cardiovascular disease. I started to run then and peoples seeing me run wondered why I was doing that…..was someone chasing me.

So here I am now after completing 26 marathons and countless other running events plus working out regularly with weights, etc. I’ve retired from running marathons, but continue a regular routine of exercise, which after years I’ve learned this not only keeps me healthy but also helps me feel full of energy and in harmony with all of life.

Now along comes this study that concludes that exercise may have changed the expression of my genes that likely had me headed toward an outcome like my father and grandfather.

And last year a study conducted by Taueret Laboratories, a leading genetic research laboratory, showed ASEA Redox affected genes in five key areas, including one that helped maintain cardiovascular health and support arterial elasticity.


ARTICLE: NY Times article “To Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease Keep Moving” by Gretchen Reynolds.