But it doesn’t have to be hours in the gym to actually benefit your heart with some needed improvement.
Just a little can really make a difference.
“Our study in a large group of patients with coronary heart disease from many countries confirms the benefits from undertaking moderate and vigorous exercise,” said lead study author Dr. Ralph Stewart of Auckland City Hospital and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
“In addition, we found that people who did a modest amount of milder intensity physical activity also had lower mortality compared to those who reported little or no exercise,” Stewart said by email. “These benefits were also seen in people with more severe heart disease.”
According to Dr. Thijs Eijsvogels of Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, author of an accompanying editorial.
“Little volumes of physical activity resulted in large decreases of mortality risks,” Eijsvogels said by email.
“This finding is important for patients as it highlights that every minute of exercise is beneficial for your health,” Eijsvogels added. “So if you cannot achieve the national exercise recommendations of 150 minutes a week, try to perform exercise at a volume that is feasible for you.”
SOURCE: bit.ly/2fzzD5X Journal of the American College of Cardiology, online September 25, 2017.