Exercise increases heart health

No Excuses

While researching today’s e-Alert I came across an item I told you about last year. The World Heart Federation (WHF) issued a statement warning that a lack of physical activity doubles your chances of developing heart disease while increasing the risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

The WHF estimates that as much as 85% of the world’s population fails to get even moderate exercise. So, if you’re part of that scant 15%, you’re doing the single most important thing you can do to increase your exercise capacity, enhance your immune system, and make your heart a little healthier every day.

And if you can’t put aside a half hour every day for light exercise, three 10-minute exercise sessions per day are just as good, according to research from the UK. The study concluded that middle-aged men and women who take three 10-minute brisk walks each day showed just as much improvement in their cardiovascular health as subjects who walked for 30 minutes at a stretch each day.

They just keep making it harder for us to find excuses, don’t they?
To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson

Health Sciences Institute

“Lack of Exercise ‘Damages Heart'” BBC News, 9/23/02
“Accumulating Brisk Walking for Fitness, Cardiovascular Risk, and Psychological Health” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2002, Sep;34(9):1468-74