Exercise is Essential for a Healthy Heart

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In a recent study led by Jacob Sattelmair, it was further proven that jogging for a minimum of two hours each week will greatly lessen one’s risk for developing heart disease. More than that, people who have gone beyond this suggested amount of exercise have been proven to have the best heart outcomes. This is due to the increased and improved blood flow brought about and accustomed by regular exercise.

Exercise scientist in Virginia, David Swain, stated that exercise is good for the body, and more exercise is better. The more physical activity a person does, the greater the benefits will be to the heart and to the general health of a person. However, he emphasized that people who are at high risk for developing heart diseases or those who have already been diagnosed with such conditions need to consult their doctors before pounding their bodies.

For several decades now, it has been undisputed that exercise really brings good effects to the heart because it reduces the blood pressure and improves the flow of blood to the heart and other vital organs in the body. The said study conducted by Sattlemair and his group tested the new guidelines in relation to exercise and heart health. It aimed to provide a clearer understanding as to how much activity is really needed to promote optimum heart health.

Federal guidelines in 2008 recommended that minimum benefit is gained through 150 minutes of moderate exercise (including brisk walking). These 150 minutes can be prorated for five days each week, yielding minimum exercise duration of thirty minutes daily. Additional benefit is gained by doubling such recommended daily exercise.

The study however mentioned that other factors which might attend to the overall heart health of the subjects have not been taken into consideration like their diet, etc. By the end of the study, Sattelmair stated that the Federal guidelines are actually supported by the findings. Subjects who exercised according to the minimum recommendation showed 14% lower risk for heart disease as compared to those who did not exercise at all. Those who exceeded the minimum standard also showed 20% lower risk for heart diseases.

The study also showed that those who have performed exercise for about half of the minimum recommendation showed some protection compared to those “non-movers”. Sattelmair further reiterated the importance of seeking professional advice regarding exercise especially to those with underlying conditions as rigorous exercise may be equally detrimental.

The researchers emphasized that while exercise is good, it doesn’t necessarily mean that one should break his bones to achieve a greater heart protection. Simple physical activities like walking or jogging can provide heart protection. The only difference is that heavy lifters or heavy work-out persons get the same benefit in less time, compared to moderate exercisers.




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