Physical Inactivity greater health risk for women over 30 than smoking

A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has added further weight to the importance of physical activity in our lives. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland, looked into the factors which contributed to heart disease – the biggest killer of women in Australia.

The study looked at a number of factors including smoking, being overweight and high blood pressure but physical inactivity was found to be the biggest risk in women over the age of 30.

From a motivational perspective, understanding this research should encourage us to engage in regular exercise as outlined by the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines to make sure that we remain healthy well into our later years.

-Kristin Lewis

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