Everyday Activities like Gardening can Lower Heart Condition Risks by 30 Percent

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Oct 29, 2013

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You don’t need to go a fitness centre to stay heart healthy, suggests a new study.

activities heart healthPeople over the age of 60 can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 30 percent with everyday activities like gardening and car maintenance. Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm ­tracked 4,000 60-year-old men and women over 12 years.

They found out that those involved in physical activities such as gardening, car maintenance, blackberry picking or DIY projects had a 30 percent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke than people who were sedentary. A generally active daily life had beneficial associations with cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults, which seemed to be regardless of regular exercise habits.

A sedentary lifestyle reduces your metabolic rate to a bare minimum and disrupts normal hormone production. On the other hand, an active lifestyle even if it is only doing things around the house, has the opposite effect, which can help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.



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