Brisk walking or jogging slashes risk of heart attack or stroke
12 / 10 / 2012
You don't have to be super-fast to benefit from exercise.
A new study has confirmed the health benefits of jogging or walking quickly. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, proves that it's not just high-speed runners that benefit. After studying the health of more than 10,000 people for 10 years, scientists found that people who jogged or had a higher walking speed had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who walked slowly or were sedentary.
British Health Foundation senior cardiac nurse Maureen Talbot said: "This study reminds us that it is only physical activities that leave us feeling warm or breathing more heavily that are good for our health.
"Jogging or walking briskly makes the heart beat faster - exercising the heart muscle - and we should all try to do activities each day which get the blood pumping.
"So if you want to make the walk to work or to the shops part of keeping your heart healthy then try turning it from a leisurely stroll into a power walk to get the benefits."