Increasing physical activity is one of the most important ways to increase longevity and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a group of American researchers from leading universities. In fact, the most noticeable health benefits come from shifting from sedentary living to a moderately active lifestyle or from modest increases in cardiorespiratory fitness. Cardiologists recommend “moving more” in recognition that any increase in physical activity has significant benefits and is associated with better health outcomes, independent of cardiorespiratory fitness.

The research review is available in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases (2020; doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2020.11.003).

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