Exercise and longevity. What’s the connection?

Want to live longer and have a healthier life?

Research shows that the relative risk of death is 20-35% lower in physically active and fit people vs. inactive and unfit individuals. It appears about 4 years of a longer life. However, some research shows a life extension benefit of 12 years, being fit, a healthy weight and non smoking. See here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3395188/

Being physically active most days of the week can literally add quality years to your life.

In addition, exercise can lower blood pressure, blood sugar, lower risk of dementia, cancer, heart disease, improve mood and more.

How much to do? Any exercise improves health, but it appears that cardio exercise of 30-65 minutes per day is extremely beneficial. However some research shows at least 11 minutes per day of cardio is beneficial. Sitting less helps too.

It’s not all or nothing. Strive to be active every day and build habits that you work to maintain. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour and 10 minutes a day, moving more extends life.

Now who is exercising today?

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