New research shows that women who do more intense exercise are more prone to live a longer life than those who are not so physically active. Scientists have discovered that the intensity with which women who workout has an essential part in the way physical activity decreases their risk of developing diseases.
A new assay explains how women who exercise ‘vigorously’ have an incredibly lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. The team of scientists observed the impacts of physical activity on 4,714 adult women aged between 50 and 70 years old. Jesús Peteiro, the study author from the University Hospital A Coruña in Spain, said: “Exercise as much as you can. Fitness protects against death from any cause.”
The researchers asked the participants to walk or run on a treadmill to analyze their ability and heart function during the activity. The exercise started from very slow and moved to a higher intensity until the subjects felt exhaustion.
Women who workout present lower risks of cardiovascular diseases and cancer, among other conditions
The team measured the participants’ fitness utilizing a maximal backload of 10 metabolic equivalents (METs), which corresponds to walking fast about four flights of stairs without stopping. Researchers then imaged the women’s hearts.
After the treadmill activity, the patients were split into groups that considered their capacity: those who managed to register 10 METs or more were labeled with functional exercise capacity. The others who achieved lower than 10 METs were assigned to the lower capacity group. Researchers kept in touch with the participants for 4.6 years after the test and recorded 345 cardiovascular deaths, 164 cancer deaths, and 203 deaths provoked by other causes.
The team discovered that the women who registered higher METs during the treadmill activity had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular conditions, cancer, and other diseases. The women who did poor at the treadmill test had four times higher annual rate of cardiovascular disease and death because of it, as well as two times higher rate of annual cancer deaths, in comparison to the group that registered ten or more METs. “The best situation is to have normal heart performance during exercise and good exercise capacity,” Peteiro said.