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Moving more is often recommended for those at risk of congestive heart failure – where the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should be. And a study from the University of Buffalo in New York found that walking may be especially beneficial for older women. Researchers looked at the data from just over 35,000 postmenopausal women. They found that for each additional 30-45 minutes of exercise, the risk of developing heart failure was reduced by nine per cent – and the intensity of exercise didn’t matter. Researchers say that because length matters more than intensity, walking is an especially good treatment – not only does it show a protective association with heart failure, it’s also by far the most commonly reported physical activity in older adults.