Walking linked to lower heart failure risk in older women


Three multi-ethnic women exercising together, power walking side by side on a city waterfront. The African-American woman with black hair is in her 50s. Her friends are senior women in their 60s.

The more a middle-aged or older woman walks or does other exercise, the lower her risk of developing heart failure, a new study suggests. Heart failure — which means the heart is too weak or too stiff to pump enough blood through the body — affects some 5.7 million Americans.

Researchers tracked the exercise habits and heart health of more than 137,000 women who were ages 50 to 79 when the study began. After an average follow-up of 14 years, women who got at least some physical activity were 11% less likely to develop heart failure than those who didn’t exercise at all — and those with the highest levels of physical activity were 35% less likely to develop heart failure.

Walking was the most common form of exercise, accounting for about 38% of the activity the participants reported. The findings, published in the September Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, are another reminder of the benefits of exercise — and that it’s never too late to start.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Genesis 39:23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge  because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.

Joshua 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

2 Chronicles 20:20 They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”

2 Chronicles 26:5 He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

Esther 8:15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.

Deuteronomy 29:9 “So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

Psalm 118:25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!

Proverbs 15:22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

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