The more you exercise, the better for your heart: WHO study

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Dispelling myths on the relationship between exercise and heart health, World Health Organisation (WHO) researcher said that there is no limit on exercise and its impact on your heart health.

Research showed that every move counts and improves your cardiovascular health when it comes to vigorous exercise.

According to WHO statistics, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death – killing almost 18 million people a year globally.

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

This study further promotes the idea of exercising for at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise a week.

The study was published in the journal PLOS Medicine, had used wrist-worn activity tracking devices known as accelerometers to accurately record the activity of more than 90,000 participants.

However, the benefits of vigorous exercise appeared to be stronger for women as compared to men. After the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an increased focus on mental health, fitness and overall health of people.