Want to reduce your risk of heart failure by nearly 25%? Start Walking.
A study published by the American College of Cardiology found that walking at a brisk pace for 40 minutes per day, several days a week, is associated with a drop in the likelihood of heart failure for post-menopausal women.
Roughly 6.5 million adults suffer from heart failure when the heart becomes too weak to pump blood to the body’s organs, muscles, and other tissues. The risk of heart failure increases significantly as we age.
Somwail Rasla, MD, a cardiology fellow at Saint Vincent Hospital, believes that the study may be particularly meaningful for older women who are nervous about joining a gym or beginning a new routine.
"We already know that physical activity lowers the risk of heart failure, but there may be a misconception that simply walking isn't enough. [...] Our analysis shows walking is not only an accessible form of exercise but almost equal to all different types of exercise that have been studied before in terms of lowering heart failure risk.”
Further, the results were the same regardless of other risk factors (such as obesity), and accounted for participant’s ethnicity, background, medical history, alcohol consumption, smoking, and more.
“We actually looked at women with four different categories of body mass index (BMI) and found the same inverse relationship between walking behavior and the risk of heart failure. The results show that even obese and overweight women can still benefit from walking to decrease their risk of heart failure.”
Data also showed that walk frequency, duration, and pace, all contribute to a decrease in heart failure. Women who walked more frequently, for longer periods, and at quicker paces, were less likely to suffer heart failure later.
Something as simple as walking can easily be added into your daily routine. All it takes is forming a new habit. We can help! At Pongo Power, we teach you how to build long-lasting habits, so you can be healthy well past menopause and into your later years. Our trainers have experience working with all demographics, and all fitness levels.