OLDER women who potter around the garden, walk the dog or do gentle housework almost halve their risk of heart disease.
They also slash their chance of having a heart attack or stroke by a fifth.
Getty – Contributor Pottering around the garden or walking the dog can almost halve older women’s risk of heart disease, according to new research
And the scientists who compiled the data say their research could also be applicable to men.
They found that women aged 50 to 79 who were on their feet for more than 5.6 hours a day were 42 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD).
They are also 22 per cent less likely to get cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
A group of 5,900 women were measured with fitness trackers then followed for five years.
The results applied even after factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and more strenuous activity were taken into account.
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Researcher Andrea LaCroix, at the University of California, San Diego, said it proved “all movement counts”.
She added there is an “abundance of light movements that are part of everyday life”.
The study is published in JAMA Network Open journal.
Getty – Contributor The research also suggested that simple activities such as walking the dog could also help reduce the risk of heart disease
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