In today’s world, there is increased awareness about health and fitness. Since people have easy access to information, it is easy to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
However, the modern-day way of living is not very complementing to healthy choices. The majority of the young adults are constantly stressed out from their school or work or even both.
After working tirelessly, you are less likely to have the energy to indulge in any physical activity. Additionally, you may not find enough time to do so as well.
Many choose not to exercise at all rather than doing anything for 30-45 minutes. But is this a wise choice?
Research has shown that physical activity can actually give you a boost of energy and keep you away from many health problems such as diabetes and obesity.
New research now shows that it may even offer more than that. A study appearing in the European Heart Journal concludes that cardiorespiratory fitness can cut down the risk of heart disease.
Read the full study here.
Are you thinking of joining the gym or any activity that may increase your everyday movement? This research just might convince you to do so as soon as possible.
How Was the Research Different?
Earlier research on exercise and its connection with the heart provide sufficient evidence on the reduced risk of heart-related issues.
The new research, conducted by Bjarne Nes, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Cardiac Exercise Research Group in Trondheim and colleagues concentrates on its explanation.
The researchers used more precise methods for studying cardiorespiratory fitness and it may boost the heart’s health as well as how a lack of it may affect the health.
Data from an extensive health survey known as HUNT3 was used by the researchers to observe cardiorespiratory fitness of over 4,500 people.
None of these participants had symptoms of any heart condition or related factors at the time but 80% had a ‘low’ risk of developing one in the next ten years.
The researchers measured the fitness levels using the most accurate methods uptill now – the golden standard method.
In this method, the main observation is done on the maximum oxygen uptake. Or in other words, the body’s ability to absorb oxygen during exercise.
What Did the Study Show?
Around 147 people had cardiovasuclar events by the end of the study.
The research done by the team found a correlation between high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and the risk of heart-related conditions.
The corresponding author Nes, on these findings, says: “Even among people who seem to be healthy, the top 25 percent of the most fit individuals actually have only half as high a risk as the least fit 25 percent,”
Moreover, it was noted that even the smallest improvements in the fitness lead to a reduced risk. For instance, an increase of 3.5 points lowered the chances by 15%.
The researchers believe that these findings should convince people to use exercise as preventive medicine.
Heart diseases are one of the top causes of death worldwide. They are also responsible for poor lifestyles, life-long consequences, and premature death.
So, if you are considering to add an hour of the gym or any activity that you prefer, it is better to do it as soon as possible.