Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…
February 27, 2019
The December 2018 edition of Consumer Report on Health (cr.org/health) reported that “One in 5 Americans will develop heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently. But in a recent study of 137,303 older women by the University of Buffalo, those who walked briskly for about 30 to 60 minutes five days of the week (or were similarly active) were 25 percent less likely to develop heart failure than less active women.
Q: Come on, Mr. Pedometer: You don’t really expect us to walk much when it’s cold and/or rainy outside, do you? Really?
A: Here in Northern California, we have the luxury of a mild climate. I’m not suggesting that you venture forth in blizzards or sub-zero wind-chill factors. This is our final February edition, the month of heart health awareness, and here’s what experts had to say about it:
“Experts say that physical activity protects against heart failure by helping to control
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar, and
- Inflammation, and by
- Keeping arteries and the heart in shape.
“The intensity doesn’t seem to matter; what’s important is the amount.”
(Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, September 5, 2018)
Aren’t those enough compelling reasons for you to pull on a jacket and head outside for a walk?
EAT RIGHT, MOVE MORE, SLEEP WELL
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