We’ve all heard that exercising keeps the heart healthy – whether it’s a run, yoga class or cycling. But how much exercise is healthy and can too much be harmful?
According to a recent piece by MedPage Today, “too much of a good thing” can become a reality, and one must be tuned in to his or her limits. It looks like moderate exercise may be the way to go, even for healthy patients.
The article states:
“Research involving stable chronic heart disease (CHD) patients found daily strenuous exercise to be associated with a more than twofold increased risk for cardiovascular mortality compared with moderate (two- to four-times a week) exercise (2.36, 95% CI 1.05-5.34).”
This is not an excuse to skip your exercise though! Researchers found that moderate, regular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy heart. Widely accepted guidelines recommend 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five to seven days per week.
You can read the full piece here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/45785
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