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by Ion Gireada on 23 March 2015
Health, Lifestyle

Women are falling behind men when it comes to regular exercise in order to prevent heart disease, a new study found.

In a survey of 2,000 British adults, three-out-of-five women questioned reported they had never taken regular exercise, double the rate of men having the same symptom.

Trevor Shilton, spokesman for Heart Foundation, said lack of physical activity is the biggest risk factor for heart disease for Australian women over the age of 30.

“Physical inactivity is the only major risk factor where women fare less well than men,” he said.

Heart Foundation conducted a survey on the exercise habits of Australian high school students. The results showed that 24 percent of male students exercised at least 60 minutes a day, compared to 11 percent of females.

Women who exercise with sufficient intensity to sweat or have a faster heart beat for 30 minutes five times a week are 35 percent less likely to experience heart disease, strokes of blood clots, said Shilton.

“Move more, sit less and your heart will thank you,” he said.

Key findings of the UK survey include:

  • Only one woman in six has exercised regularly since childhood.
  • Three-out-of-five women have never exercised regularly.
  • Women reporting to exercise regularly do so 48 times a year, on average.

Women need exercise more to prevent heart disease

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