More Exercise Is Better for Health


When it comes to matters of heart health, no amount of exercise is too much, scientists said on Tuesday in research that debunks the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity might not always be beneficial.

The research found “every move counts” towards improving cardiovascular health, the scientists said, with the lowest risk for heart disease seen in people who exercised the most.Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one cause of death — killing almost 18 million people a year globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This research, which involved more than 90,000 people studied over a five-year period, found that those in the top 25% of people who engaged in vigorous-intensity activity had an average reduction in risk of heart disease of between 54% and 63%.

For those in the top quarter of all types of exercise — covering activity from moderate to vigorous — the average heart disease risk reduction was between 48% to 57%.

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