How much exercise you need to add years to your life

Posted on 3 August 2018

Exercise can help add years to your life, and life to your years, by partially counteracting the effects of ageing on your body.

As Dr XXX of Mediclinic XXX says, “Regular exercise helps you live a longer, healthier life because it can keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy; lower your blood pressure and improve your mood. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight.”

In addition, it can:

  • Lower your chances of heart disease
  • Relieve joint swelling and pain for chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes
  • Help with your balance, so you’re less likely to fall and break bones
  • Reduce your likelihood of developing diabetes, colon cancer and osteoporosis.

One Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that women who walked 30 minutes a day reduced their risk of diabetes by 30%. Another review published in the British Journal of Cancer found consistent evidence that regular physical activity reduced the risk for colon cancer by about 24% in men.

Importantly, although a minimum of 30 min of moderate-intensity activity on most days of the week is recommended, a recent very large observational study showed that even a smaller amount of leisure-time physical activity (just 15 min/day, six days/week) reduces your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get moving!

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Published in Exercise

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