Exercise and heart health

Aug 19, 2012

By Paul Tadich

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Making sure you get enough exercise in midlife will help protect your heart, according to new research.

Even Zoomers who make the switch in their late 40s and 50s can still benefit.

That’s according to a study of more than 4,000 people suggests.

It doesn’t need to be a hardcore gym workout either – gardening and brisk walks count towards the required 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week.

But more work is needed since the study looked at markers linked to heart problems and not heart disease itself.

And it relied on people accurately reporting how much exercise they did – something people tend to overestimate rather than underestimate.

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