Even ‘modest’ levels of physical activity good for elderly hearts, finds 18-year study

Share This Post

“A broader array of public health programmes are needed to help elderly people engage in any physical activity of any level and avoid being completely sedentary ” – Dr Sangeeta Lachman, cardiologist, Academic Medical Centre

Elderly people must take part in low-intensity physical activity and avoid being sedentary to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, findings from an 18-year study have confirmed.

Dutch researchers observed 24,502 patients from the UK and concluded that older adults who were moderately inactive had a 14 per cent reduced risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who were completely inactive.

Guidelines suggest healthy adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

“These recommendations are based primarily on research in middle-aged adults but we wanted to know whether regular physical activity yields comparable cardiovascular health benefits in elderly people,” said Dr Sangeeta Lachman, lead author of the study and a cardiologist at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam.

The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, included adults aged 39 to 79 years old, with participants recruited between 1993 and 1997 from general practices in Norfolk, UK.

Patients were followed up until March 2015, through monitoring of physical activity levels and the time to cardiovascular events. Physical activity was categorised as active, moderately active, moderately inactive and inactive.

During a follow-up of 18 years, there were 5,240 cardiovascular disease events.

Dr Lachman and her team’s analysis found any physical activity among the over 65s was better than none at all.

“Our findings suggest even modest levels of physical activity are beneficial to heart health,” she said.

Modest levels of activity could include activities such as walking, gardening and housework.

“Given our ageing population and the impact of cardiovascular disease on society, a broader array of public health programmes are needed to help elderly people engage in any physical activity of any level and avoid being completely sedentary,” Dr Lachman added.

 

Source : http://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/news/latest-news/335184

More To Explore

Consume It

Too much exercise?

When it comes to healthy habits, too much of a good thing can backfire, and that applies to exercise as well. While most people suffer

Shake It

The Benefits of Staying Active

We all know we should stay active, keep up with exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. One of the greatest benefits of exercise, along with

Break The Ordinary with Lanes

At Lanes we have a straightforward philosophy. Throughout our lives our bodies change –
and what we want from a health club changes too.

Everyone has their own reason for joining a health club, that’s why we tailor our offerings to you.

Feeling good is as important as looking good.

25% Off 1st Month
1st Month Free
No Join Fee
£5 Off Per Month
3 Guest Passes
1 Month Free
Get your chance to win a special discount!
Enter your email address and spin the wheel. This is your chance to win amazing discounts!

Our in-house rules:

  • One game per user
  • Cheaters will be disqualified.
  • New Members Only
  • Screenshot your prize and present this in house or sign up online today!