Exercise the “Wonder Drug”

Thursday, May 10, 2018 2:40 pm
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New research by The Heart Foundation reveals most Aussies don’t realise exercise is a “wonder drug” that keeps us healthy.

Only 7% of adults are aware there’s a link between physical activity and a reduction of diseases and illness.

“Our research shows that most Aussies are aware they should be more active, and that physical activity is generally good for their health and wellbeing. However, the majority don’t recognise the relationship between regular physical activity and reducing their risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease,” said Heart Foundation National Spokesperson on Physical Activity, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton.

At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 35 per cent, it can also help manage depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers and lower the risk of dementia later in life.

Have a listen to the full interview below:

About the Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For close to 60 years, it’s led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Its sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease. To find out more about the Heart Foundation’s research program or to make a donation, visit heartfoundation.org.au or call 13 11 12.


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