Effects of aerobic exercise training on the stiffness of central and peripheral arteries in middle-aged sedentary men

Jpn J Physiol. 2005 Aug;55(4):235-9. doi: 10.2170/jjphysiol.S2116. Epub 2005 Oct 27.


Aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) significantly decreased after 16 weeks of moderate-intensity exercise training (walking/jogging) in 17 sedentary middle-aged men, whereas leg PWV did not. These results suggest that in contrast with central arterial stiffness, peripheral arterial stiffness is difficult to change with aerobic exercise training.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta / physiology
  • Arteries / physiology*
  • Compliance
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Leg / blood supply
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulsatile Flow / physiology
  • Vascular Resistance
  • Walking