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The Secret 5-Minute Breathing Exercise People Over 50 Should Do

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One of major benefits of regular exercise as you reach your 40s and 50s is enhanced cardiovascular health—better blood flow, a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, and healthier arteries with reduced risk of clots—and research is increasingly finding that there are alternative ways for making gains there beyond traditional exercise, such as walking, running, or lifting weights . For instance, one new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that hopping in the sauna or taking a hot bath can indeed bring about some similar heart-healthy benefits you'd see resulting from low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise. (Simply put: When your body gets hot, it increases blood flow and elevates your heart rate—just a couple of the things that happen to your body when you go out for a jog.) Another recent study, published in  Annals of Internal Medicine , found that people over 50 were able to lose weight while performing the ancient, meditative martial-arts practice k