According to new research making sure you exercise during your midlife years will help protect your heart and future health. People who take up exercise in their 40s and 50s can still benefit.The research was lead by Dr Mark Hamer, of University College London and the study spanned 10 years. The study was also published in the journal Circulation and studied 4,000 people.
Dr Mark Hamer “We should be encouraging more people to get active – for example, walking instead of taking the bus. You can gain health benefits from moderate activity at any time in your life.’
Interestingly the study suggested people in their late 40s and 50s can still benefit from exercise each week to protect their heart and overall well being. The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look…
How were the effects measured?
Findings showed people who achieved the recommended 2.5 hours of exercise per week had lower levels of inflammatory markers within their blood. High levels of inflammatory marker have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The people who stuck to the recommended amount of exercise for the entire 10 year study had the lowest inflammatory levels of everyone.
I don’t want to go to the gym…
Gyms aren’t for everyone. You can many simple ways of exercising around your home or local environment including a brisk walk or you can even get fit doing something you enjoy such as gardening.
Maureen Talbot of the British Heart Foundation, which funded the work, said: “Donning your gardening gloves or picking up a paint brush can still go a long way to help look after your heart health, as exercise can have a big impact on how well your heart ages.
How much exercise do I need to do?
2.5 hours of moderate exercise contributes to your beneficial activity. See below for age group recommendations:
• 5 years or under- 3 hours of independent walking per day.
• 5 years to 18 years old- at least 1 hour per day intense physical activity.
• Adults-150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week.
The research looked at the markers linked to heart disease but not the disease itself. More research would need to be done to find out the effects on helping to protect yourself from heart disease. The research also relied on people being honest in the recording of the amount of exercise they did which leaves the results open to slight over or underestimation.
Even those people who started doing the recommended amount of exercise in their 40′s saw an improvement and had lower levels of inflammation compared to those said who didn’t do enough exercise.
Findings were unchanged when researchers took into consideration people who were obese or smoked during the study.
In a time when we live busy lives it can seem like exercise just isn’t a priority but from this research we can gain some knowledge into the reality that the exercise we do may not need to be as much as we think to have some positive effects on our health. That doesn’t mean 10 minutes a week is enough to sort us out nor does it mean you need to slog it out at the gym each day.
Exercise can and should slot into your lifestyle whatever your situation because it’s worth and because it really is so much easier than you might think.
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