March 2022: On the Treatment Table

February 24 2022

It’s amazing what’s good for your heart

I know this is the March edition of KWV and Valentine’s Day was last month but typically just when I was about to clear all those cards, boxes of chocolates and roses from around the house, an interesting article on the heart dropped into my inbox this week, so it seemed like a good topic to consider (albeit belatedly..). 

A new study in February’s BMJ Heart Journal found that 20 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercise in early older age (70 to 75 years) was effective in halving the risk of major heart disease, including heart failure, in later older age (80 years and older). This Italian research was carried out over 20 years and studied over 3000 men and women aged over 65. An active lifestyle over time was associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and death in both men and women participants. Moderate physical activity included walking, aquafit and fishing, while vigorous physical activity included gardening, gym workouts, cycling, dancing, and swimming. The difference in the levels of activity were that whilst both moderate and vigorous exercise increased the heart rate and breathing rate, vigorous exercise meant that you started to sweat and would find it more difficult to speak in full sentences. So, its great to know that just 20 minutes of exercise might just help to keep you fit and well for longer, this is also helpful in helping to prevent falls and of course also good for your mental health, as this research shows it’s never too late to start!

Here at Action Potential we are great advocates for an active and healthy life, we are happy to advise on exercise and of course help if you were to have an unfortunate incidents or injuries whilst enjoying the benefits of your new found activities. In the meantime, take care of yourselves, stay fit and well, and enjoy an active and healthy new year. 

If you need any further advice or treatment, then the team at Action Potential will be happy to help. You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on Facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. We provide chiropractic, physiotherapy, foot health treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre and Hengrove Park Leisure Centre.