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Studies Reveal Women Benefit From Exercise More Than Men

Recent research indicates that the benefits of exercise extend beyond general health improvements, with women potentially experiencing even greater advantages than men. This finding comes from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which highlights the nuanced relationship between physical activity and health outcomes across genders.

Less Exercise, Great Results

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Led by Dr. Susan Cheng, the study underscores the notion that women may require less exercise to achieve comparable health benefits to men. Analyzing data from a vast sample of over 400,000 U.S. adults aged 27 to 61, spanning a period from 1997 to 2019, researchers found compelling evidence supporting this hypothesis.

Regular Exercise Benefits

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Key findings revealed that women engaging in a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week exhibited a noteworthy 24% lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to their less active counterparts. Similarly, men meeting the same exercise threshold experienced a 15% reduction in mortality risk. Moreover, women who adhered to regular exercise routines saw a remarkable 36% decreased likelihood of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes, in contrast to a 14% reduction observed in men.

What Are The Gender Disparities?

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An intriguing aspect of the study is the disparity in exercise volume required to attain optimal health benefits between men and women. While men typically needed 300 minutes of weekly exercise to achieve maximal risk reduction, women achieved comparable benefits with significantly less, around 140 minutes per week. This discrepancy underscores the complexity of gender-specific responses to physical activity and warrants further investigation into underlying physiological mechanisms.

Everyone Should Exercise

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However, it’s essential to recognize that the study establishes a correlation between exercise and improved health outcomes, rather than causation. Despite this limitation, the findings emphasize the critical role of regular physical activity in promoting overall well-being.

Exercise As Medicine

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Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health, underscores the significance of exercise as an underutilized therapeutic tool. He advocates for a holistic approach to healthcare that prioritizes lifestyle interventions, including exercise, alongside traditional medical treatments.

There Are Physiological Differences

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Delving deeper into the gender-specific differences in exercise benefits, societal norms and physiological factors emerge as potential contributing factors. Women’s ability to achieve faster gains in muscular strength during workouts suggests inherent physiological distinctions that influence their response to exercise stimuli.

The Takeaway

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While the study sheds light on the differential impacts of exercise on men and women, it also underscores the broader importance of physical activity as a cornerstone of preventive healthcare. Moving forward, a deeper understanding of gender-specific responses to exercise could inform more tailored approaches to promoting health and wellness across diverse populations.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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