Exercising in midlife reduces risk of heart disease: research

Exercising in midlife reduces risk of heart disease: researchModerately increasing the amount of exercise in midlife helps significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new study carried out by researchers at University College London.

The researchers surveyed more than 4,000 people in the transition to retirement on their exercise routines, and found that inflammation, which can lead to heart disease in later life, was lower in people who embraced an active lifestyle after their retirement.

People who did physical exercise for 2.5 hours per week were found to have lower levels of inflammation in their blood.

Exercising was found benefiting even those who started exercising in their late 40s and 50s.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the study's sponsor British Heart Foundation (BHF), said the findings revealed that it was never too late to make the switch to a more active life.

Light exercises like gardening, painting and brisk walks count towards the required 2.5 hours of exercise per week.

Speaking on the topic, Talbot said, "Donning your gardening gloves, or picking up a paint brush, can still go a long way to help look after your heart health."

The study was published in the most recent edition of journal Circulation.