Ten minutes of exercise can half heart disease risk

4 February 2013

Taking just an extra ten minutes of exercise per day could half people’s risk of heart disease.

Dr Martha Grogan, of Mayo Clinic, explained that the rise in heart disease is linked to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, but just a small amount of exercise can have a big impact.

She said that a sedentary lifestyle can be as detrimental to health as smoking.

"Moving even ten minutes a day for someone who's been sedentary may reduce the risk for heart disease by 50 per cent," Dr Grogan.

"When I tell people that almost 80 per cent of heart disease is preventable, they are surprised."

Speaking to the journal Healthy Heart for Life!, Dr Grogan said this exercise is often something as simple as going to talk to a colleague rather than emailing.

There are an estimated 2.6 million people living in the UK with heart disease, with men more likely to be affected than women.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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