I had a stress 13 years ago when I was 40 and still very active as a soccer ref. The test was good, and I went for 15 minutes.
That same year I had knee problems and gave up being a ref and didn't do any exercise other than walking. 3 years later I had another test, managed a paultry 10 minutes and was absolutely knackered. at 46 I managed a little better - 11 minutes. I re-located to headquarters for a few years so didn't have another test until I moved back. I'm now 53 but this last 3 years I have really got serious about exercising - joined the Y etc.
Yesterday on the test I managed 15 minutes and possibly could have done another minute but I had been at my theoretical max HR of 167 for 2 minutes so the nurse called a halt. 60 secs later it had dropped back to 137 which I think is a pretty good recovery rate. I then saw the cardio Doc who said the results were spectacular
. Apart from the high you get from aerobic exercise the results have done wonders for my ego.
I know that exercise and proper nutrition can "turn back the clock" and it feels great to know that I am experiencing this with myself.
Hope you guys don't mind me doing a bit of bragging