Walking just 20 minutes a day can help to reduce heart failure by a significant amount is only 6 years, according to studies.
It sounds like common sense, but people who exercise more than 200 minutes a week have a lower risk than those who don’t.
People who always exercise more than 150 minutes per week have lowest risk.
The benefits for people who start exercising for the first time become apparent in only 6 years.
This is important, bearing in mind that heart failure is the biggest cause of hospitalisation among the over-65s, so its never too late to start!
So, in summary, getting off the sofa and going for a walk or a bike ride for the recommended two-and-a-half hours a week can reduce the risk of the chronic illness in just six years.
Cheryl, Haywards Heath