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Moderate and frequent exercise is the best for getting fit

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What’s the best exercise to get fit and stay that way?  The good news is that moderate activity, and even walking, takes the prize over intense burnouts at the gym.

The key is in finding an activity that you do can do frequently.  Moderate exercise a few days a week is more effective than just walking—but if you are a walker, the more steps you walk will help offset the negative effects of hours spent just sitting around.

To uncover the ‘gold standard’ of exercise, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine studied the impact of exercise, or its lack, on the hearts of 2,000 participants.  

Habitual, dedicated exercise regimes that were moderate to vigorous in intensity were the key for having a healthy heart, the researchers concluded.  And as fitness has a big impact on heart disease, as well as diabetes, cancer and longevity, the sooner you start regular exercising the better.

(Source: European Heart Journal, 2021; doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehab580)

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