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walk it off

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.

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