Exercise and Heart Disease – By The Numbers: Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease. Statistics that support the link between fitness routines and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease continue to pile up. This evidence will hopefully inspire you to live an active lifestyle, and to develop an fitness program that works for you.

Exercise & Heart Disease – By The Numbers: Prevention

Regular exercise leads to heart-healthy habits, which can prevent conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor cholesterol levels

Exercise & Heart Disease – By The Numbers: Aging, Exercise, and Heart Health

As we get older, getting enough exercise becomes increasingly important. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 69% of all adults are obese or overweight – and that number continues to rise.

Doctor’s orders: In 2010, the National Center for Health Statistics found that 1 in 3 adults who visited their doctor were advised to start or continue an exercise program. That’s about a 10% increase from 2000.

Benefits of physical activity for adults include: 

  • Increases muscle strength
  • Improve coordination and balance

Exercise can help reduce the risk of:

  • Dying from heart disease
  • Having a nonfatal heart attack
  • Needing to have procedures such as heart bypass surgery or an angioplasty

Exercise & Heart Disease – By The Numbers: Exercise Can Save Your Life!

The perils of inactivity: Only a little over 20% of adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Higher levels of activity are associated with:

  • 29% reduction in CHD (coronary heart disease) events for women
  • 21% reduction in CHD events for men