Moderate or vigorous physical activity is more than three times more beneficial to a person’s health than walking, according to new research.
A recent study published in the European Heart Journal examined the exercise habits of 2,070 adults – the slight majority of whom were women – who participated in the Framingham Heart Study, using accelerometers.
An accelerometer is a device that measures the vibration or acceleration of motion of a structure.
Cardiopulmonary exercise tests – using a face mask or mouthpiece to measure oxygen intake and the carbon dioxide expelled – were performed from 2016 to 2019 on stationary cycles for comprehensive fitness evaluations.
Participants also brought home accelerometers to wear around their waist for eight days after the study visit and accelerometers were worn at the recent study visits and at the prior visit eight years earlier, according to Dr. Matthew Nayor the study’s lead author and Boston University assistant professor of medicine.
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