According to a new study out of Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, people who are generally physically active – even without exercising regularly – have lower cardiovascular disease risk than less active people. In an attempt to explore the association between sedentary lifestyles and cardiovascular disease, researchers examined the non-exercise physical activity (NEPA) levels of 4,232 men and women who were 60 years of age when the study began for approximately 12.5 years.
Regardless of exercise, high NEPA yielded lower waist circumference and beter HDL (good cholesterol) compared to those with a lower NEPA. More physical activity was also associated with lower incidence of metabolic syndrome, a 30% lower risk of all-cause mortality and a 27% lower risk of cardiovascular disease. In conclusion, a generally active daily lifestyle regardless of exercise was associated with better overall cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults.
In addition to staying active, talk to our doctors at your next chiropractic adjustment about staying healthy by using our exercise balls and the new PostureMedic.