If your man is a self-confessed couch potato, try inviting him to your next trip to the gym. According to Science Daily, exercise may lower the risk of sudden cardiac death in men who aren’t physically fit.

Researchers analyzed data on 2,656 men between 42 to 60 years old from a previous Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factory Study to identify the impact of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) on sudden cardiac death (SCD).

The participants were divided into four groups: the first group had high CRF and high LTPA; the second had high CRF and low LTPA (approximately 35 minutes of slow walking); the third had low CRF and high LTPA, while the fourth group had low CRF and low LTPA.

The results showed that those who had low CRF and low LTPA had twice the risk of having SCD compared with the participants who had high CRF and high LTPA. "This indicates that a higher amount of leisure-time physical activity might reduce the risk of SCD among men with low cardiorespiratory fitness," Dr. Jari Laukkanen concludes.

"The importance of CRF has often been neglected in the equation of SCD risk, despite appearing to be one of the most important correlates of overall health status. Our study emphasizes the importance of regular physical exercise, especially among men with low CRF. An exercise test could be used to identify individuals with low CRF and high risk of SCD, who should then be urged to exercise more."

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