Shocking New Study Challenges Exercise Standards

According to a recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, women just need to exercise half as much to get the same level of heart health advantages as men.

Results from a study of more than 400,000 persons in the United States, ranging in age from 27 to 61, showed that exercisers had a 24% lower risk of dying from any cause over 20 years, and exercisers of either gender had a 15% lower risk.

Regular exercisers, whether they’re women or men, have a far lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, even when they don’t exercise as vigorously. In comparison to sedentary lifestyles, active lifestyles reduced the risk of premature death by 24 and 15%, respectively, for men and women.

The risk of a fatal cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular complication, was 36% lower in women than in males, according to the study. Because even a tiny bit of information might significantly impact, experts believe the results should inspire more women to exercise.

Women reaped higher benefits from brisk walking to intense exercises, according to studies involving over 400 thousand US people between 1997 and 2019.

For intense aerobic workouts like spin or aerobic courses, women only need 57 minutes, while men require 100 minutes to get the same 19% reduction in mortality risk. Strength training lowered the risk of mortality from heart disease by 30% for women and 11% for men.

That women need more energy to do the same degree of activity as males may be due, at least in part, to anatomical and physiological differences, according to the researchers. Compared to women, men often have bigger hearts, lean body mass, larger lung capacity, and a higher percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers, which produce a lot of power and force.

The study found that only 33% of women and 43% of men reached the criteria for weekly aerobic activity and that only 20% of women and 28% of men completed a weekly strength training session.