Keeping active on a daily basis has been shown to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 27% in older people.

If you find vigorous exercise difficult then researches suggest DIY around the house, gardening, and other moderately intensive activities can contribute to a benefit in your overall health.

Dr Tim Chico, honorary consultant cardiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said:

“The message I take from this study is simple. If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, be more active. Don’t sit down for long periods; get up on your feet and do something you enjoy that involves moving around.”

Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Being physically active is important in maintaining good heart health. But, as this study demonstrates, you don’t need a gym membership to do that.

Older adults tend to lead more sedentary lives, sitting or lying down for longer periods during the day.

So, some pottering in the garden and raking up the leaves may not just leave your garden looking tidy but will benefit your health as well!

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