Brisk walks cut heart attack risk

Brisk walks can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by half, new research has found.

Scientists say that it is the intensity rather than the duration of the exercise that counts, while an hour’s daily walk makes little difference.

The research, published in the online health journal BMJ Open, found that daily fast walks cut the risk factors for strokes and heart problems by 50%, while jogging reduced them by 40%.

The study looked at the health of over 10,000 Danish men and women between the ages of 21 and 98, who were monitored for 10 years.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study reminds us that it is only physical activities that leave us feeling warm or breathing more heavily that are good for our health.

“Jogging or walking briskly makes the heart beat faster – exercising the heart muscle – and we should all try to do activities each day which get the blood pumping.

“So if you want to make the walk to work or to the shops part of keeping your heart healthy then try turning it from a leisurely stroll into a power walk to get the benefits.”


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Mike Smart
29th Nov 2012
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WALKING is a fantastic way to keep in shape, make new friends and enjoy our lovely countryside visit we have silver hair too.
Christina Mottram
9th Oct 2012
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The Ramblers are working with local councils to promote social walking- called Get walking Keep Walking, its a 12 week programme to encourage people who meet for other reasons- eg church, hobbies etc, to go walking together. I am a walk leader for the group in Leicester.
Pat Paterson
9th Oct 2012
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Brisk walks help keep you fit. Keep walking as long as you are able.My mother-in law lived in the Malvern area most of her life so spent her time walking in the hills, this kept her active all of her life, and she lived well into her nineties with good health. Walking daily to the shops was her usual activity and she was very seldom ill. I belong to a walking group and we regularly do a four mile health walk .I feel that the example set was sufficient proof of a good life style keeping the heart and muscles in good working order. I do not believe it is good practise to overdo exercise as there is moderation in all things , but think daily exercise is important..

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