When it comes to heart health, no amount of exercise can be excessive, a new study has found, debunking the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity may not always be beneficial.
The study found that “every movement counts” to improve cardiovascular health. Researchers say the people who exercise the most have the lowest risk of heart disease. More than 90,000 people participated in this study, and it turned out that those in the 25 percent of people who engaged in high-intensity sports activities had the greatest reduction in their risk of heart disease, 54 to 63 percent. For those in the moderate- to high-intensity exercise group, the average risk reduction was 48% to 57%.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world, with nearly 18 million deaths annually worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
The results were published in PLOS Medicine.