Physical activity and cardiovascular disease prevention in women: how much is good enough?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2003 Oct;31(4):176-81. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200310000-00004.


Epidemiologic data suggest that 30 min x d(-1) of brisk walking can reduce cardiovascular disease incidence in women and men. In a sedentary society, public health initiatives that promote moderate increases in physical activity may represent the optimal balance between efficacy, feasibility, and safety to achieve the desired cardioprotective effect.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Sports Medicine / organization & administration
  • United States
  • Walking / physiology