When we think of cardio exercise for a healthy heart, our minds go straight to sweat sessions such as spin class, running or swimming. But new research shows that even much milder, less intense activities can help older women reduce their risk of heart disease.
Simple daily life movement of at least four hours a day could lower risk of heart disease by 43 percent. It also lowers risk of stroke (by 30 percent) and risk of dyng from heart disease (by 62 percent). This is compared to women who have less than two hours of daily life movement a day.
As reported by healthday.com, study co-author Andrea Lacroix (professor and chief of epidemiology at University of California, San Diego) says that while we don’t view simple daily life movement as strenuous, the heart doesn’t care how we label these activities. The heart knows you’re moving your body and responds. Think daily activities such as cooking, doing the dishes and gardening. Standing also adds to the heart-healthy boost. Talk about getting a different perspective to regular old chores!
To learn more about the study, and what activities such as walking and other daily life movement impacts your body, read the full healthday.com article here.