Physical exercise can have an anti-ageing effect, according to a German study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress over the weekend.
“This latest research out of Europe highlights potentially profound health benefits from moderate but regular physical activity,” says Mary Barry, CEO of the National Heart Foundation.
“Aside from reducing the risk of heart disease, the study has found that regular exercise can trigger an anti-ageing process within the body.
“While no cure-all, it is yet more evidence of how we can change our lives for the better when we make an effort to move more and sit less.”
She says the research confirms the importance of taking even small steps each day to be physically active.
“Practical initiatives to encourage Australians to move more and sit less must be central to the development of a comprehensive, funded National Physical Activity Action Plan,” she adds.
“Key to achieving this will be the National Heart Foundation’s upcoming Physical Activity Consensus Forum at Parliament House, Canberra on Friday, 11 September.
“Bringing together renowned local and international physical activity experts and policy advocates as well as representatives from government and the public health sector, the forum aims to determine a pathway to a healthier, more active Australia.”
The Heart Foundation is also about to launch its Big Heart Appeal this September, and reminded Australians that heart disease is still the nation’s biggest killer, taking the life of one person every 27 minutes.