Last updated on Aug 18th, 2015 at 09:48 am

Exercise as a couple

Get him up off the couch and start exercising together – it could save his life!

You don’t have to train for marathons together – simply make it a habit to go for an evening walk together or invite him to take up cycling with you.

Protection from heart failure

Research has found that moderate amounts of physical activity, particularly walking and cycling, is associated with a lower risk of future heart failure compared to those with lower and higher levels of activity.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump as much blood as the body needs. On average, people have a 20 percent lifetime risk for developing heart failure.

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Over 30 000 men studied

Researchers followed 33 012 men from the Cohort of Swedish Men from 1998 until 2012 to determine if physical activity was associated with heart failure risk.

Walking or cycling for 20 minutes per day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure.

Overall, men who had the lowest and highest levels of physical activity had a higher risk of heart failure, 47 percent and 51 percent respectively, than men with a median level.

Research also found that being active years ago doesn’t count. According to the study, men who were active at 30 years old but were inactive at the time of study enrolment did not have a decreased risk of heart failure.

20 Minutes a day is all it takes

When analysing the different types of physical activity, walking or cycling for 20 minutes per day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure and accounted for the largest difference in heart failure free survival.

In contrast, heavy physical activity, such as long distance running, may put stress on the body, which in turn has adverse effects on the heart.

Source: American College of Cardiology via

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