The Telegraph UK 15 August 2012
Leisurely exercise for two and a half hours a week could help those approaching their 50s avoid heart disease by controlling inflammation.
Researchers found those who carry out physical activities such as brisk walking, cycling or home maintenance for a decade had healthier hearts.
The results could help encourage the middle-aged to make lifestyle changes even if they rarely exercised in their younger years.
Dr Mark Hamer, associate professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London (UCL), said: “It’s not just vigorous exercise and sports that are important.
“These leisure-time activities represent moderate intensity exercise that is important to health. It is especially important for older people to be physically active because it contributes to successful ageing.” more