More Exercise, Healthier Heart

Regular exercise is essential for keeping your heart healthy, and the more the better, experts from the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council say.

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The study authors examined recent research and found that even small amounts of exercise, including standing, can reduce the risk of heart disease. Even greater reductions in risk can be achieved with more exercise, the researchers said.

cardio, people exercisingBut only half of American adults get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week, the report authors noted.

The new research also reviewed recent studies that have suggested that excessive aerobic exercise — such as endurance races — may harm the heart. While that possibility warrants further investigation, current research shows that even for people with extremely high levels of training, the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks, according to the report, published Jan. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.