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Can Inactivity Increase Women's Chances Of Heart Disease?

Adult life can be hectic, especially if you work full time, have a family to raise or simply have a busy schedule. It’s very easy therefore to neglect time consuming activities deemed less important. This includes regular exercise, something only 29% of women in 2012 managed to do according to the British Heart Foundation. This blog takes a look at the importance and impact of regular exercise and how it can eliminate serious health issues as you get older.

Australian researchers at Queensland University tracked the health of more than 30,000 women born in 1920, 1940 and 1970 to monitor health risk factors as women age. The study showed that smoking had the biggest impact on women's heart disease risk under the age of 30. However, as women got older and more gave up smoking, the dominant influence on heart disease risk became physical inactivity.

The results from the study conclude that with age the risk factors of heart disease change. For women over 30, it is more risky staying physically inactive as a pose to smoking or being obese, something that may come as a surprise to many people.

Although it is important to maintain a physically active lifestyle at any age, for women over 30 there are added health benefits that could potentially eradicate the risk of heart disease. Staying active isn't as hard as you may think and there are many ways to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule. 30-45 minutes of physical activity each day will make a huge improvement on your overall health and fitness.

In order to find time to work out, you need to make time! This may mean waking up an hour earlier or sacrificing your favourite TV program, but the health benefits you will gain outweigh many everyday activities we typically prioritise over exercise. When possible, swap driving and public transport for walking or cycling. If you do have time to go to the gym there are lots of fun classes you can join that offer other benefits such as meeting new people and socialising as well as having a good time and of course getting fit! There are lots of everyday things you can do around the house that will help you stretch some muscles, such as hoovering, washing your car or having a good tidy out will give you lots of bending and lifting to raise your heart beat.

You could start a new regime before you go to bed and include sets of exercises for example, 10 sit ups, 10 jumping jacks and 2 minutes running on the spot. Short bursts of exercise like this will improve your health as well as wear you out before bed! If you have been inactive for a number of years it is advisable to start slowly and gradually build up to longer work outs. You will find a fantastic selection of clothing and work out accessories here at SportsDirect.com to get you started on your new fitness journey.