Author: Ben Renner
TRONDHEIM, Norway — Cardio exercises, such as running, cycling, or jogging for long distances can be very challenging, especially when one doesn’t get off the couch on a regular basis. It’s well known that regular cardio exercise benefits those at risk of developing heart issues, but a new study out of Norway finds that neglecting aerobic exercises can still greatly increase one’s risk of a heart attack in the future — even if an individual generally appears to be in good physical health.
“We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina pectoris over the nine years following the measurements that were taken,” says lead researcher Bjarne Nes of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in a release.
Nes goes on to say that even among the most fit individuals in the study, the top 25% had half the heart attack risk of the bottom 25%. This means that even if an individual shows no signs of cardiovascular problems, the less they exercise the more at risk they will be in the future.
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