Even small amounts of physical activity will help reduce heart disease risk, and the benefit increases as the amount of activity increases, according to a review reported in Circulation, journal of the American Heart Association.
People who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity leisure activity had a 14 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to those who reported no exercise or physical activity.
The study also notes a significant interaction by gender, as these results were stronger in women than in men.
Dietitian Priya Seetal offers the following simple ways in which to increase your physical activity:
Park as far from the front door as possible. Whether you’re at the mall, work, or school, parking the car at the edge of the parking lot forces you to walk just a little bit further than you are used to. It will only add a few seconds to your trip, but if you do it every day it could add years to your life
Clean your home regularly. Most people do not realise what a good workout cleaning can be, especially if you have a large home. Cleaning involves plenty of walking, lifting, and stretching – all of which are very good for your body. Washing dishes by hand can also be an easy way to burn a few extra calories.
Gardening and yard work. Yard work is great because not only does it increase your physical activity, but it also gives you an excuse to be outside. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge, and raking leaves are all very physically taxing and like cleaning, they use a range of muscle groups.