World Heart Health Day
September 29 is World Heart Health Day this year. Heart disease is still the top killer of adults in the developed world, and exercise if one of the simplest things you can do to prevent it. Specifically, walking is cited as one of the easiest, most accessible forms of exercise available to virtually everyone. So how much are you walking each day?
Don't be surprised if you answered, "I don't know." You're not alone. According to the results of a new multi-country survey, up to one-quarter of respondents didn't know how much time they spent each day briskly walking. On World Heart Health Day, experts are calling for everyone—men, women and children—to spend more time exercising. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking each day can significantly improve your chances of avoiding cardiovascular disease. In fact, walking can provide as much benefit as running, when equivalent distances are covered. Walking lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of diabetes.
"Awareness is the first step to a healthy heart," said World Heart Federation science officer, Dr. Kathryn Taubert. "By reaching the recommended guideline of minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise, which includes brisk walking at least five days a week, many premature deaths can be prevented."
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World Heart Federation (2013, September 25). Heart health danger: Global survey finds 1 in 4 people report not knowing how much they walk each day. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 26, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2013/09/130925185430.htm