A slow and steady exercise program is the best way to improve health and prevent a heart attack, researchers have reported.
Experts from the American Heart Association (AHA) have found that people who go straight to intensive endurance exercises such as marathons and triathlons are 40 percent more likely to experience cardiac arrest.
Those who were normally inactive or sedentary put a heavy strain on their hearts by suddenly participating in intensive training sessions. The authors suggested that low-intensity exercise was the best option to improve cardiovascular health in the long term.
After reviewing more than 300 scientific studies, they found that those who participated in aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling, and swimming are at up to 50 percent less risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest.
Study leader Barry A. Franklin said his team wanted to highlight the pros and cons of intensive training and urged beginners to start slowly.
“Exercise is medicine, and there is no question that moderate to vigorous physical activity is beneficial for general cardiovascular health. However, more is not always better and can lead to cardiac events, especially if done by inactive, unsuitable people with known or not diagnosed people is performing heart disease, “he explained.
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Accordingly, Franklin recommended an easy training program for people who want to be more active and slowly build up to a moderate training program.
“It’s important to start training – but go slow even if you were an athlete in high school,” added the researcher.
The results were published in the journal Circulation.