Two Hours of Weekly Exercise Can Greatly Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

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Think you have to work out hours and hours a week in order to enjoy any health benefits? Fortunately, you’re wrong. According to a new study, men and women who exercise as little as 2.5 hours a week can greatly reduce their risk of heart disease.

"The overall findings of the study corroborate federal guidelines - even a little bit of exercise is good, but more is better," said Dr. Jacob Sattelmair, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sattelmair and his team came to this conclusion after examining 33 studies on the benefits exercise. They found that 2.5 hours of weekly exercise can reduce a person’s risk of heart problems by 14%. Even those who exercise less than two hours a week still have a lower risk of developing heart disease than those who do nothing at all. Women, especially, benefit from weekly exercise.

Heart disease is the nation’s biggest killer, claiming more than 631,000 lives each year.

Not a fan of hitting the gym? No problem. Riding a bike, talking a walk, going for a run, or even playing tag with your kids are just a few fun ways you can fit in two hours of exercise each week. Click here for a few tips on how to maintain a healthy heart. 

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