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World Heart Day Encourages More Exercise

With more than 6.4 million Australians doing less than an hour and a half of physical activity a week, the National Heart Foundation is using World Heart Day today to encourage everyone to move more.

The Heart Foundation’s National CEO, Mary Barry, said while it’s important for all individuals to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to maintain their health, there is particular concern for those with existing health issues.

Even more alarming is those already at high risk of developing heart disease, or having a heart attack, are up to 65 per cent more likely to be inactive, engaging in no exercise at all.

“Millions of Australians with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or who are obese walk less than once a week for exercise,” Ms Barry said.

“Every little bit of exercise helps. It is cheap and convenient, and can have a significant impact on the prevention and recovery of heart disease.

“Even those who have had a heart attack are being encouraged to increase their psychical activity. Unfortunately close to half of these people have ignored this simple yet effective medical advice.

“There are many ways for people to become more active; walking being one of the easiest forms of exercise.

“The simple act of walking for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 per cent,” Ms Barry said.

The World Heart Federation is also using World Heart Day to encourage people to sign the World Heart Day petition to call on national and international leaders to recognise the global burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to prioritise the need for heart-healthy environments wherever people live work, or play. Check out the World Heart Day website at www.worldheartday2014.com for more information.