In the largest and most accurate study of its type to date, scientists concluded that the more we move, the lower our chances of developing cardiovascular disease are—with no ceiling effect, meaning more is better.
For this study the physical activity level of over 90,000 UK adults was monitored using sophisticated accelerometers worn for a seven day period. The study subjects also had their health monitored over an average of 5.2 years.
The results? Across all quartiles of physical activity, more movement translated to less heart disease. Study subjects in the highest quartile for physical activity were a whopping 54 percent less likely to develop heart disease.
These findings are inspiring and underscore the awesome power we all hold over our own health thanks to the gift of movement. I never miss a day!
PLOS Medicine, Jan. 12, 2021 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003487