What’s more important for heart health, exercise intensity or amount?

If you have to choose between a long stroll versus a shorter power walk, which is better for heart health? According to a study published in the British Medical Journal (2012,doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001711) the less leisure time and the more active time you have, significantly reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and heart disease. So, more is better, in terms of overall time spent on physical activity, when trying to improve your heart health. 
Specifically, the researchers also found that the intensity of your activity efforts is most important. So if you have a finite amount of time daily to walk, then the walk needs to be vigorous; if your fitness level allows, then a run is better than a jog. If you have two or three small windows of opportunity for exercise, then each opportunity should be challenging enough to raise your heart rate. The point is to move as much as possible and to make those activity moments vigorous enough to increase your heart rate.    

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.

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