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Even Light Exercise Can Benefit Those with Metabolic Syndrome.

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Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions—obesity, high blood pressure, problematic cholesterol, impaired metabolic function, and excessive waist circumference—that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. A review of data from a twenty-year study revealed that even light exercise is effective for reducing some of the risk associated with metabolic syndrome.

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, April 2020

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Staying Active May Aid in Afib Management.

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Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) is a common heart rhythm disorder that is known to significantly increase the risk of stroke. A study involving 3,333 Afib patients revealed that participants who averaged fewer steps per day tended to experience more severe Afib-associated symptoms than those with a more active lifestyle.

Hearth Rhythm, May 2020

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Overtraining?

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To reduce the risk of overtraining, researchers recommend spending no more than 9% of total exercise time each week at an intensity greater than 90% of maximum heart rate.

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, February 2020

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Get Active After a Heart Attack.

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Among a group of 4,570 heart attack patients, those who attended cardiac rehabilitation classes reported higher quality of life scores than those who remained sedentary. Study author Dr. Ben Hurdus adds, “Exercise improves fitness, which has both physical and mental health benefits… If you’re more able to participate in activities that bring you happiness, then you’re more likely to have a better quality of life.”

European Society of Cardiology, April 2020

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Walking Offers Many Health Benefits.

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Walking is a great weight-bearing exercise associated with the following benefits: increased cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness; reduced risk of heart disease and stroke; improved management of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes; stronger bones; improved balance; increased muscle strength and endurance, and reduced body fat.

Department of Health & Human Services (Australia), May 2020

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