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Experts say just a few minutes of exercise instead of sedentary behaviour can boost heart health

Any activity – even sleeping or standing – is better for your heart than sitting down, research suggests.
New evidence reinforces why sedentary behaviour is a killer and shows that just a few minutes of exercise per day could help slash the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Researchers suggested that swapping time spent sitting down for exercise led to better cholesterol levels, helps people stay a healthy weight and leads to a smaller waist circumference.
The findings, published in the European Heart Journal and supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), found that when “as little as four to 12 minutes per day were reallocated (from sedentary behaviour) into moderate to vigorous physical activity
Modelling showed that cholesterol levels also improved when as few as six minutes of sedentary behaviour were replaced with exercise, though more exercise was better.
Dr Jo Blodgett, first author of the study from University College London (UCL), said: “The big takeaway from our research is that while small changes to how you move can have a positive effect on heart health, intensity of movement matters.

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