Being active at any age helps heart health

6 May 2014        

Category: BHF Comment

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Being physically active in old age can help reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to new research.

Scientists studied the function of hearts in people over the age of 65. They found that those who remained active, or who boosted the amount of exercise they did, had a lower risk of heart problems.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse Thembi Nkala, said: “This study shows that, no matter how old you are, there are health benefits from being physically active.

“As we get older the idea of gruelling gym sessions probably don’t appeal, however, there’s lots of other ways be active. Going for regular walks is a great way to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. You could go dancing with friends, or really go for it when doing some housework as you’ll get the same benefits.

“You don’t need to revolutionise your life. Start by making small changes that work for you. Gradually build from there until you meet the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity a day, on at least 5 days per week. If you are unsure about the kind of activity safe for you, check with your GP or Practice Nurse.”

The study was published in the journal Circulation.

More information

  • If you want to be more active, then we've lots of information about how to do this and the benefits for your health.
  • You can also read an article about how to keep your heart healthy with exercise in our Heart Matters magazine.