Moderate exercise 'good for heart'

Posted on 18 August 2011

Moderate physical activity that gets the individual "slightly out of breath" is good for the heart, according to one expert, indicating that those who will be choosing a care home in the next few years could benefit from some moderate exercise.

Linda Main, dietetic advisor for Heart UK - The Cholesterol Charity, said that adults should undertake some 30 minutes of moderate exercise on five or more days during the week.

She explained that moderate activity is categorised as anything that gets the individual slightly out of breath, but not so much they can no longer hold a conversation.

"This will vary from person to person. So it could vary from light housework to gardening, to brisk walking or light jogging, dependent upon the person's level of fitness," she said.

This follows research published online in the Lancet which revealed that 90 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise may be of benefit, even for those at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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