Keeping active physically would likely determine your future risk of heart disease and essentially it’s more vital than obesity, smoking or even high blood pressure. This remarkable revelation followed an Australian study focussed on women which incidentally already have longer lifespans than men.  

The study conducted by the University of Queensland involved more than 32,000 Australian women and delved into the four leading risk contributors of heart disease – that being excess body weight, smoking, high blood pressure and physical inactivity. These factors account for more than half the heart disease causations across the world. The study discovered that physical inactivity or often referred to as sedentary lifestyle, presented as the leading risk factor for heart disease at every age from the 30s to the 80s. From 1996, the study had kept observations on the long-term health of these groups of women that were born from 1921 to 1926; 1946 to 1951 and 1973 to 1978.

The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and reported that inactivity raises a woman’s risk of heart disease by an average of 33% for middle-aged women and 24% for older women. Research director Wendy Brown from its Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health cited: “From about age 30, physical activity levels decline. We need to do everything we can to prevent this. We need to get everyone to move more.” Dr Michael Scott Emery, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council concurred and remarked that “even though this study was conducted in Australia, American women should figure that physical inactivity will affect their risk of heart disease in much the same way.” 

In essence, exercise helps to lower blood pressure, reduce body fat and improve blood sugar levels. The recommended quantum of exercise is 150 minutes per week and the type of exercise doesn’t quite matter so long as a woman becomes more physically active. Aerobic exercise and activity is very important for cardiovascular health while strength training is very important for musculoskeletal health to conduct daily living activities in older age.

Naturally, there are various ways to exercise. However with home exercise equipment, 3 mainstay options have proven over time to be among the most popular where even a 30 minute “gentle” workout every alternate day can make a world of a difference. This is not only exclusive to women but for men as well. Furthermore, working out on these equipment are gentle on your joints owing to their intrinsic designs and functions.

For younger women, they might want to go for crosstrainers. These are ideal for working the lower and upper body and do go a long way to also tone your lower and upper body muscles besides efficiently burning calories. For more matured ladies, exercise or stationary bikes is ideal and are popular alternatives serving as cardio exercise equipment while treadmills are perhaps the most popular all-rounders and are commonly encountered. Logically, all these work the same way for men too.

They come equipped with basic to the most advanced training computers with various programmes to excite upon your targets, performance and progress. In addition, they help you monitor and keep abreast with various readings including your heart rate, speed and a whole lot more. As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. More so, it need not cost you “an arm and a leg” to acquire reliable cum durable equipment but it’s certainly a lot cheaper than treating life-threatening ailments such as heart diseases. So, start exercising regularly.

Note: It is recommended that you consult your physician before embarking on exercise if you are not already regularly into it.