Even if you’ve been a couch potato your entire life, you can still cut your risk of heart disease if you start exercising now. Researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany have found that even in later years, adding movement to your daily routine will have a protective effect upon your cardiovascular system.

In studying volunteers aged 40 – 68, they found that those who had been physically active throughout their life had a 60% lower risk of being diagnosed with coronary heart disease, while those who began exercising after the age of 40 had a 55% lower risk.

And there’s even more good news – the exercise does not have to be strenuous to provide a benefit – even a simple daily walk will improve heart health. As Dr. Rothenbacher said “You don’t have to go to the gym. Just get off the couch. It is never too late to start exercising.”

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