A study led by the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated the impact of physical activity on cardiovascular health. According to it, the risk of mortality is reduced for those who perform more than double the recommended exercise.
“The potential impact of physical activity on health is great, but it was not yet clear whether engaging in high levels of prolonged activity, above what is recommended, provides additional benefits or deleterious effects on cardiovascular health,” said Dong Hoon Lee, researcher at the Harvard University School of Public Health.
To answer this question, the team evaluated more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an average age of 66. They were followed for 30 years, a “long term” that was highlighted by the researcher.
The study took as a parameter the current guidelines of the American Heart Association, based on the guidelines for physical activity of the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States.
The entity recommended doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity or a combination of both per week.