According to the researchers, walking or gardening for 3 to four hours, or cycling for 2 to a few hours per week, could reduce the chance of death by 54% for those who had previously suffered a heart failure. In people under 75, the danger is reduced by 80% for these levels of physical activity.
“Our study shows that engaging in minimal physical activity can reduce long-term mortality from any cause in heart attack survivors.”
These results were obtained by observing the health status of nearly 100,000 people, some of whom had had a heart attack. The participants informed themselves of the amount of physical exercise they did each week by answering a questionnaire. All were followed for several years, four and a half years on average.