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Different Types of Physical Activity Have Different Results for Heart Health

What’s the best workout for heart health? A recent study suggests that static and dynamic physical activity offer different levels of protection against heart disease.


Participants in the study included 4,086 people who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2006. The researchers placed them into two groups: 21 to 44 years old or over 45 years old. They also categorized physical activity into two types: static (strength training) and dynamic (aerobic). In addition, they assessed cardiovascular risk factors, including high blood pressure, overweight, diabetes and high cholesterol.


After examining the data, the researchers found that 36% of younger and 25% of older adults engaged in static activity, while 28% of younger and 21% of older adults engaged in dynamic activity. Engaging in either type of activity was associated with 30% to 70% lower rates of cardiovascular disease risk factors. While both types of activity were beneficial for heart health, static activity appeared to be more beneficial and that participants who did both types had the best results.


Researchers from St. George’s University in Grenada led the study. It was presented November 16, 2018 at the ACC Latin America Conference 2018 in Lima, Peru.


Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week for maximum cardiovascular benefits. Aerobic exercise can be added to your routine either as a set workout time or by adding more walking, taking the stairs, and other movement to your day.

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