One Hour Of Moderate Daily Exercise Cuts Heart Risk In Half
Want to cut your risk of heart failure in half–OK, by 46 percent? You can do one hour of moderate exercise a day, or you can do one half-hour of vigorous exercise a day. Your choice. How do we know? Because when researchers at Uppsala University studied 39,805 people between the ages of 20 and 90 who did not have heart failure when a study started in 1997, they found that the group with the highest leisure time activity (more than one hour of moderate or half an hour of vigorous physical activity) had a 46 percent lower risk of developing heart failure. They also found that physical activity was equally beneficial for men and women. “You don’t need to run a marathon to gain the benefits of physical activity – even quite low levels of activity can give you positive effects”, says Kasper Andersen, study co-author and researcher at Uppsala University. Read more from Uppsala.