Information for this blog post was obtained via Reuters and HuffPo.
We know that regular exercise is good for our cardiovascular health, but sometimes fitting in 150 minutes of recommended moderate activity every week is more than we can squeeze in. The good news is that some studies now show that even 10 minutes of exercise per day can contribute to lowering your risk of heart disease.
According to study researcher Jacob Sattelmair, “The biggest health benefits we saw were for those who went from doing nothing to those doing something small…Even a little bit of activity makes a significant difference.”
Naturally, the cardiovascular benefits increased as the time spent exercising increased in the study. Those who spent 150 minutes a week were 14% less likely to develop heart disease and those who spent 300 minutes or more were 20% less at risk.
Exercise benefits often include, but are not limited to; lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, lowered resting heart rate, weight loss and regulation and an overall sense of well-being. But what type of exercise should you be doing if you have significant heart disease concerns?
A new Reuters Health study suggests that a combination of aerobic exercise and weight training could be the best medicine for those overweight and at risk for diabetes and various heart diseases.
If time is your greatest concern, researchers suggest that the aerobic exercise is is the most important to complete. Both those who performed only aerobic and a combination of aerobic and weight training exercises in the study saw a decrease in their triglycerides and blood pressure among other factors which reduce the risk of heart disease. Participants in the study who only performed weight training saw little benefit to their health although gaining strength and muscle.
To learn more about how you can improve your fitness regimen to benefit your heart and your overall health, visit ShermanHeart.com.