Triathlon training is suggesting ways for increasing heart health.
A study of professional male triathletes showed their hearts had greater muscle mass and wall thickness than those of men who exercised recreationally no more than three hours per week. The triathletes also had lower resting heart rates than the control group, according to a press release from the Radiological Society of North America.
The study used MRI to look at how the hearts of the triathletes adapted to training.
It suggests to researchers that a combination of endurance training and resistance training will strengthen the heart and make it work more efficiently.
The results of the research study will be published in the October issue of Radiology. Here’s a link to the news release.