Light exercise does not protect against ‘metabolic conditions’
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/22/2012 -- How hard people exercise is just as important as how much, perhaps more so, according to a paper published by Danish researchers.
4,000 Danish volunteers agreed to have their health studied for 10 years as part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. The 3,968 participants, aged 21-98, had their levels and types of physical activity recorded, from a leisurely walk once-a-week to daily runs, and researchers compared activity levels with the likelihood of developing a number of conditions like obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol - known collectively as ‘metabolic conditions’.
Metabolic condition sufferers have much high rates of stroke, heart disease and other serious conditions later in life.
Researchers concluded that light exercise did relatively little to protect against metabolic disorders as compared to moderate-to-heavy exercise regimens:
“Light physical activity and even more than one hour of walking daily did not confer protection against metabolic syndrome.
“Significantly lower risk of metabolic syndrome was found in the moderately and highly physically active groups compared to their sedentary counterparts.”
Senior Cardiac Nurse Talbot of the British Heart Foundation says to take the findings of the study, as they say, to heart:
“This study reminds us that it is only physical activities that leave us feeling warm or breathing more heavily that are good for our health. Jogging or walking briskly makes the heart beat faster - exercising the heart muscle - and we should all try to do activities each day which get the blood pumping.
“So if you want to make the walk to work or to the shops part of keeping your heart healthy then try turning it from a leisurely stroll into a power walk to get the benefits.”
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