Apple Heart Survey shows older adults surpass younger adults

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In anticipation of Heart Month, which launches on February 1, Apple has released some preliminary results from its Heart and Movement Study, which tracks activity data for Apple Watch owners who have signed up one of the company’s wellness surveys.

An early analysis of more than 18 million training programs logged using Apple Watch during the pandemic revealed that older adults aged 65 and up were more likely than younger adults to reach their goal of at least 150 active minutes per week. The participants in the study, conducted in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association, clocked the most activity minutes through walking, cycling and running.

While 150 minutes is the AHA’s recommended weekly activity goal, study participants with above-average fitness levels had at least 200 minutes of activity per week, and those with high cardio fitness had at least 300 minutes per week, regardless of age or gender.

Dr. Calum MacRae, a cardiologist and lead researcher at the Heart and Movement Study, said the researchers were fascinated to find that adults aged 65 and up were most likely to complete at least 150 active minutes a week.

“There are plenty of potential reasons why this could be the case, including the availability of time for retirement or the unexpected effects of the pandemic,” MacRae said. “One of the great things about this study is that the active engagement with the participants enables us to iteratively explore this finding and better understand the elements that contribute to this observation.”

Apple also announced a new activity challenge asking users to complete 30 minutes in their training ring on February 14th to earn a special prize. In addition, it provides additional savings in February for customers in some countries who want to upgrade their Apple Watch.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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