Women might lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by twice the amount as men with exercise

February 20, 2024

The benefits of exercise are great for everyone – but may be even better for women , according to a new study. “Put another way, for a given amount of time and effort put into exercise, women had more to gain than men,” said Cheng, who is also a professor of cardiology at Cedars-Sinai. Adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity a week, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Women were also 36% less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event if they exercised, compared to a 14% reduced risk in men who exercised. Physical activity is a treatment not enough people utilize and too few doctors prioritize, he added.