Friday, September 10, 2010

Fitness Can Protect Your Heart When Working Overtime

Source: Businessweek (Summary by NIM)

Stress is a killer. It's one of the leading causes of heart disease in men, and it's usually a result of working too hard or working overtime. It has been suggested for a long time that engaging in regular exercise can help people de-stress and help reduce their risk of a slew of oftentimes preventable chronic diseases. Fortunately for men who have to put in long, stressful hours, it has now been discovered that those who are physically fit have a lower risk of developing heart disease.

According to a new study published in the journal Heart, men who work 41-45 hours a week are nearly 60% more likely to develop heart disease than those who work fewer hours. However, those men working overtime who were physically fit were 45% less likely to die of heart disease than those who were not physically fit. In other words, according to Andreas Holtermann, the lead researcher on the study, “Long hours are not a problem if you are physically fit,”.

The problem, on the other hand, lies in men who work overtime and make no allowance for physical activity. This study makes it clear that being unfit and working long hours makes men far more likely to die. In fact, it makes them nearly 2 times more likely to die than men who work under 40 hours a week. The good news: even moderate physical activity had a protective effect.

So, men - the message is loud and clear - make time for your health. Take care of yourself. Even short walks several times a day can add up - you don't have to join a gym - but please, don't ignore the facts.

Read more at Businessweek (Sept. 6, 2010) in the article called "Fitness Staves Off Heart Risk Linked to Long Hours, Study Finds".