Regular exercise 'vital for better heart health and longevity'

20 January 2016

A new study has offered evidence of the essential role played by regular exercise in promoting better cardiovascular health and longevity.

The American College of Cardiology-backed report examined recent research on the volume and intensity of aerobic exercise required for favourable cardiovascular health, in order to address concerns that excessive exercise can be bad for the heart.

It was shown that moderate and vigorous intensity exercise significantly lowers mortality risk in different populations around the globe, with increases in the amount of moderate intensity exercise resulting in increased reductions in cardiovascular disease mortality.

There was no evidence for an upper limit to the health benefits achieved through exercise, with all amounts of activity resulting in a reduction of both all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality compared to physical inactivity.

Dr Michael Scott Emery, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council, said: "The public media has embraced the idea that exercise may harm the heart and disseminated this message, thereby diverting attention away from the benefits of exercise as a potent intervention for the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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