If you’re a woman who is more than 30 years old, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have identified the No. 1 thing you have to do to drop your risk of heart disease.
At this age, according to the study, taking part in consistent exercise has the greatest benefit in saving your heart from developing life-threatening difficulties. It’s even more important than losing weight.
The Australian scientists base their conclusion on an analysis of risk factors in more than 32,000 women taking part in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Since 1996, the study has been following the long-term health of Australian women born in 1921 to 1926, 1946 to 1951, and 1973 to 1978.
The researchers conclude: “Our data suggest that national programs for the promotion and maintenance of physical activity, across the adult lifespan, but especially in young adulthood, deserve to be a much higher public health priority for women than they are now.”