Thinking about a New Year's Resolution to help you commit to an exercise program? A new study in the journal Circulation says exercising could be more than life changing it could be life-extending.
A 20 year study at Brigham and Women's Hospital analyzed weight and exercise data collected from 21,000 men. Researchers found that men who were active and lean had the lowest risk for heart failure. In turn obese or inactive men had the highest risk of heart failure. The surprising benefit researchers found was that a person doesn't have to run several times a week to get good results. Researchers found that any vigorous activity that caused a person to sweat was associated with an 18% reduced risk of heart trouble, even if it only happened one to three times a month.
The study also found that a man who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, his risk of heart failure in the next 20 years goes up by 11% percent for every 7 pounds of excess body fat he is carrying.