Engaging in physical activity during leisure time could hold heart benefits for middle-aged adults, according to a recent study. Researchers found that doing exercise for more than a decade on a regular basis can enhance heart health. The discovery was made when 4,200 participants with an average age of 49 reported their leisure-time physical activities, including duration and frequency. These included brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework and home maintenance. Dr Mark Hamer, lead author on the study, stated: "It's not just vigorous exercise and sports that are important." Leisure time activities, which offer "moderate intensity exercise", are also vital for a healthy lifestyle. He added that engaging in these actions are an important step in ensuring older adults age well. Therefore, older adults should think about how they can get their hearts racing by doing simple, routine activities. Ensuring that these are done on a regular basis could help to prevent cardiac diseases. Find the nearest Barchester care home.