An expert has stressed the importance of regular exercise to maintaining good long-term health, after research indicated that moderate-intensity activity can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Linda Main, a dietetic advisor at Heart UK - The Cholesterol Charity, explained that adults should be looking to average around 30 minutes per day, although those who are seeking to lose excess weight will need to do more.
"Anything that gets you slightly out of breath, but you are still able to hold a conversation, is moderate activity," she said. "It could vary from light housework to gardening, to brisk walking or light jogging."
Ms Main also pointed out that improving eating habits can also have a significant impact in lowering the risk of health problems and recommended cutting back on smoking and consumption of saturated fat.
Earlier this week, a study published in the Lancet suggested receiving 15 minutes of exercise daily can prove beneficial even for those prone to heart disease.
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Heart treatment news : 18 August 2011