New Study Shows Exercise Makes You Live Longer.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that shows just how many years of life a person can gain by being physically active.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/anti-aging/new-study-shows-exercise-makes-you-live-longer) notes, while most people know that exercise is good for the body, this new study provides more conclusive evidence on how it can extend a person’s life expectancy. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute actually figured out how many years of life a person can gain by being physically active. This applied to various exercise levels, among people of all ages and body sizes.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article “New Study Shows Exercise Makes You Live Longer” reports that if someone over 40 adds a “low” amount of exercise, like 75 minutes of brisk walking each week, he or she will gain 1.8 years of life (compared to being inactive). This is the minimum level—and any exercise performed above this will then help people live even longer. For instance, if brisk walking is increased to at least 450 minutes per week, the gain will be 4.5 years. Similar patterns were consistent with people of average weight, people who are overweight, and people who are obese.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, the study comprised more than 650,000 people who were followed for an average of 10 years. There were 82,000 deaths in that time. The type of exercise used in the study was called “leisure-time physical activity,” and it was meant to be anywhere from moderate to vigorous. In other words, it is physical activity that a person does for the direct reason of improving their fitness levels.
The article reports that participating in a low level of leisure-time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity was linked with a 19% reduced risk of death. This translates into nearly two years extra life. For those who did about 150 minutes of brisk walking per week (not an extraordinary effort), the gain in life expectancy was about 3.5 years. These benefits were seen in both men and women.
Researchers report that for people who are above normal weight, exercising at 150 minutes per week was linked to an amazing 7.2 years of extra life.
(SOURCE: Moore, S.C., et al., “Leisure Time Physical Activity of Moderate to Vigorous Intensity and Mortality: A Large Pooled Cohort Analysis,” PLoS Medicine 2012; 9(11): e1001335. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335.)
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