When it comes to heart health, we often hear more don’ts than do’s. Don’t eat fats, don’t eat sugar, don’t eat cholesterol, don’t, don’t, don’t.
So, it is somewhat nice when we have a DO, right?
There is the one thing that we need and should DO to save us from heart attacks.
Yet, the World Health Organization recently revealed in a new study published in the Lancet Global Health journal that one-third of the western world never do this.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that each adult get either five hours of moderate exercise weekly, like brisk walking or 2.5 hours of strenuous exercise, like running, in order to stay healthy.
So, do we do that?
The scientists reviewed 358 surveys from 168 countries, with a total of 1.9 million people. The countries on which the surveys were based contained 96% of the world’s population.
These are the trends they discovered:
1. 27.5% of the world’s adults do not exercise at all.
2. Women were less active than men, with 32% of women and 23% of men being completely inactive. This inequality was the highest in central and South Asia and in the Middle East and North Africa.
3. People in higher average income countries were less likely to exercise than people in lower average income countries. 37% of people in high-income countries, 26% of those in middle-income countries, and 16% of those in low-income countries are physically inactive, partly because people in higher income countries do sedentary work while people in lower-income countries are more likely to do manual physical work.
4. Regionally speaking, the highest level of inactivity was found in Latin America and the Caribbean (39%), high-income Western countries (37%), and high-income Asian countries (36%).
5. Within each country, the activity levels varied according to the characteristics of specific areas, and this included the availability of community sports programs, the availability of gyms and other exercise programs, the presence of nature walks close to the cities, and the structure of the road networks.
6. Economic development and urbanization, as clearly seen in China and Brazil, directly led to lower physical activity and poorer health.
Yet, exercising to save your heart doesn’t have to be so difficult.
And if your cholesterol is high, you absolutely must cut this ONE ingredient that you didn’t even know you were consuming out of your diet…