Almost all health-conscious individuals, fitness experts, and healthcare professionals are aware that indulging in physical activities keeps one’s cardiovascular health in perfect condition. Dancing, swimming, cycling or simply walking on a regular basis was instrumental in delaying or warding off heart diseases not only in healthy individuals but even for those who had a predisposition for developing cardiac ailments or conditions. Now, in a recent study carried out to assess the beneficial effects of different forms of exercises as well as the related risks factors, researchers have reported startling findings and made surprising revelations.
The scientists involved with the study have overwhelmingly concluded that aerobics, sporting disciplines entailing the use of racquets, and swimming has the potential of delaying the degenerative process of death. Scientists averred to point out individuals that routinely kept themselves physically involved by attending aerobic classes or playing tennis or going for breast-stroke swimming were at lesser risk or less vulnerable to dying from a sudden stroke or heart attack. As per the trial, where scientists reviewed the benefits of the aforementioned forms of physical activity vis-à-vis their drawbacks, they inferred that an individual partaking of in a specific type of sport was more likely to remain in the pink of health.
Based on the findings or results, the researchers insisted on health policymakers and medical professionals to persuade the public to adopt the recommended kind of sport or physical activity. The results of the study that were reported in the British Journal and Sports medicine did not promise any extra benefits to those who favored rugby, football or running or were already engaged in any of these activities. Scientists or health experts who were in no way connected with the research such a generalization or assertion was simply on account of the design and/or modalities of the trial.
Tim Chico, a professor at Sheffield University and a consultant cardiologist was of the opinion that the findings shouldn’t be construed as giving the impression that playing football or running doesn’t safeguard one from heart disease. The study or trial assessed data pertaining to 11 health appraisals conducted in Scotland and England from 1994 through 2008 with a sample size of 80,306 adults aged 52 on average. Participants were enquired about the kind of exercise they did in the last four weeks and the frequency with which they indulged in the physical activity.
They also had to answer whether the specific type of exercise was strenuous enough to make them perspire and compelled them to catch their breath. Some participants iterated that they played a round of rugby, tennis, badminton, football or squash. Other participants they kept themselves physically engaged through gardening, exhausting domestic errands, walking, swimming, aerobics, cycling, running, and gymnastics. The chances of survival or death for every participant were gauged for nine years on average. In this time period, 8709 participants died from general conditions or diseases while 1,909 expired due to stroke or heart disease.
The scientists observed and propounded that for participants who didn’t play any type of sport or involved themselves in the aforementioned forms of physical activity during the survey period was at greater risk of dying compared to those who did.