Major Risk Factors: Being Physically Inactive

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute lists Being Physically Inactive as one of the major risk factors for heart disease.


Physical inactivity raises your risk of heart disease. It boosts your chances of developing heart-related problems even if you have no other risk factors. It also increases the likelihood that you will develop other heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and overweight.


Lack of physical activity leads to more doctor visits, more hospitalizations, and use of medicines for a variety of illnesses. Fortunately, research shows that as little as 30 minutes of moderate activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week helps to protect your health. This level of activity can reduce your risk of heart disease. Examples of moderate activity are taking a brisk walk, raking leaves, dancing, light weightlifting, house cleaning, or gardening. If you prefer, you can divide your 30-minute activity into shorter periods of at least 10 minutes each.

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