What’s the most important thing you can do for your health? The answer is simple, and is coming into clearer focus with new research.
And it is: Move your body. Every day.
A recent study of half a million people looked at how exercise impacts heart health. Not surprisingly, people who moved their body every day (or nearly every day) cut their risk of heart disease and heart attacks in half, even if their genes put them at high risk. This means people with a family history of heart disease who exercise are at a lower risk than a person with no genetic risk, but who doesn’t exercise.
This study is particularly credible because of its huge size and its focus on just one lifestyle change–it’s one of the first large-scale studies to drill down on just exercise, rather than including it as part of a “healthy lifestyle”. And it found that any kind of exercise, even regular walking, was associated with healthier hearts.
The best news here? Your genes are not your destiny, and small choices you make every day can add up to a lifetime of better health. So lace up your shoes and start moving.
Aerobic fitness can halve the likelihood of developing heart disease, no matter how worrisome your genetic profile.
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