In a 15 year study following 8,662 Australian men and women with no previous history of heart disease, diabetes or stroke, Professor Satvinder Dhaliwal from Curtin’s School of Public Health has found that exercise, more than lowering cholesterol or quitting smoking, leads to a healthier heart and a longer life.
The study, which asked subjects to grade their exercise patterns depending on the level of physical activity, aimed to pin down exactly how big a role exercise played in reducing the incidence of heart disease.
Not only did the study find that even moderate exercise could reduce the risk of heart disease by 15%, but also that other lifestyle factors such as being overweight and smoking were less reliable predictors of future heart problems.
Whilst this doesn’t mean you should keep smoking or overeating, it suggests that the most important thing to do is to keep moving.
To read the results of the study and find out more, click here.
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