New study on exercise: Women improve their cardiovascular health in less time than men

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Women can exercise less frequently than men and achieve better results in terms of improving their cardiovascular health, a new study has found. writes "Euronews".

Researchers analyzed physical activity data from more than 412.000 adults in the United States over a 20-year period.

They found that men benefited the most from physical activity such as brisk walking or cycling if they did it five hours a week, but if they exercised more than that – the improvement in cardiovascular status stagnated.

On the other hand, women achieved the same benefits from exercise as male subjects even with just 140 minutes per week, or just under two and a half hours. They would achieve even better results if they exercised up to five hours a week. Then they also have the most benefits, and during that time they stagnate.

When it came to strength training, men benefited the most from three workouts per week, while women achieved equal heart health benefits from just one workout per week.

The obtained results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

"For all adults who engaged in any kind of regular physical activity, compared to those who were inactive, the risk of premature death was predictably lower," said Suzanne Cheng, a professor of cardiology at the US Academy of Medicine's Schmidt Heart Institute. Cedars-Sinai.

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According to Britain's National Health Agency, exercise is considered a "miracle drug" thanks to its ability to reduce the risk of various conditions - from heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

The recommendation for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 is to have either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity.

However, there is a difference between men and women in terms of frequency of exercise.

About 45 percent of men in the European Union play sports or exercise at least once a week, compared to just 37 percent of women.

"Historically and statistically, women have less significant physical activity compared to men. The beauty of this study is the realization that women can benefit more from every minute of moderate and vigorous activity compared to men," concluded Marta Gulati, professor of cardiology at the Schmidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. .

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