Study Reaffirms Benefits of Exercise

Here’s some news to take to heart: even small amounts of exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease. And the more you exercise, the greater the benefits.

Exercising for 150 minutes every week can lower the overall risk of heart disease by 14 percent, according to a study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation.

When study participants exercised for greater amounts of time, they lowered their risk of heart disease even more.

Researchers found that even people who did not meet the federal guidelines for physical activity –  2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week – had a lower risk of heart disease than those who had no activity, according to a news release from the American Heart Association.

“The overall findings of the study corroborate federal guidelines – even a little bit of exercise is good, but more is better – 150 minutes of exercise per week is beneficial, 300 minutes per week will give even more benefits,” said Jacob Sattelmair, one of the study’s authors from the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sources: Circulation; American Heart Association

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