How Much Exercise Do You Need to Improve Your Heart Health?

Improving your heart health involves being mindful of what you eat, drink, and how much you exercise. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week for optimal results. A new study says that you may not need to go all out for exercise. How much exercise do you need to improve your heart health?

How Much Exercise Do You Need to Improve Your Heart Health?

How Much Exercise Do You Need to Improve Your Heart Health?

While exercising as the AHA recommends will do your heart good, another study says just how hard to push yourself during exercise.

Many people believe that if they don’t train like an athlete then their exercise doesn’t count for much. However, any exercise that gets your body moving can help improve your health.

A new study done by the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress shows that exercise, even up to 20% below average for healthy people, can be enough to help prevent the majority of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

This study specifically looked at how vigorous physical activity needs to be in order for it to be effective.

For the study, the researchers took 205 men and 44 women volunteers that had heart disease such as stroke, heart valve disease, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. The patients’ fitness levels were tested through stress tests to get their starting point.

What they found was that normal exercise, meaning the same exercise level as a person with the same height, weight, age, and sex of someone who does not have heart disease, is enough to prevent 5 of 8 risk factors.

Even more, they found that physical fitness up to 20% below the population average was adequate in preventing patients with heart disease. Now there’s an answer to “How much exercise do you need to improve your heart health?”

Even though you can technically do less and get the same effects as normal exercise, we encourage those with high blood pressure to continually do their best to lower their blood pressure the best they can.

Resources

http://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/coronary-intervention-surgery/it-takes-little-physical-effort-improve-heart-health

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