30 years young is the age at which physical inactivity starts to play the largest role in a woman's risk of developing heart disease, according to Australian researchers. From age 31 on, not moving enough raises the risk of heart disease more than smoking, being overweight, or having high blood pressure. (Source: BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, May 2014)
I can personally attest to the disheartening truth of this study. The severe blockages that led to my mother's premature death at age 47 after suffering her first heart attack most likely began in her 30's, according to her surgeon. Many of us in our "younger" years aren't thinking of chronic disease prevention. We think we have time. However, the time to begin prevention measures is sooner rather than later. It's never too early. Exercise is medicine. From my heart to yours, love your heart by keeping it healthy. Live healthy today for a healthier tomorrow.