Regular Physical Activity Linked to Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Being physically active is one of the main behaviors a person can change in order to lower their risk of heart disease. A recent study suggests that there are lifestyle changes individuals can make in order to be more active, as well as ways that health care professionals can encourage their patients to lead more active lives.
For their analysis, researcher from Mayo Clinic Florida examined data from 25 reviews that looked at both personal and environmental factors that affect physical activity. They found that individuals could incorporate more physical activity into their lives, including walking to work, doing yard or house work, using stand up desks, conference rooms with no chairs, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
They also found that both in-patient and out-patient cardiac rehabilitation have had success with reducing all-cause mortality and empowering heart disease patients to adjust modifiable cardiac risk factors. However, the success of those programs relies both on the patient’s willingness to change sedentary behaviors and on follow-up from the healthcare providers.
The study was published on October 2, 2018, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults aged 18-64 get at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity. Older adults should follow the adult guidelines as their abilities allow and should perform exercises that maintain or improve balance.