We all know physical activity is great for our health, both mental and physical. But did you also know exercise can play a big role in how long you live? The best part is you don’t have to have started in your teens or 20s; even senior citizens can add years to their lives by starting an exercise routine.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a “one size fits all” recommendation as far as what exercises and for how long people should do them in order to live longer. But studies have been and are being conducted to see which forms of exercises produce the best benefits.
In one such study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, it was found that adults who did not have any physical activity whatsoever increased their risk of premature death. Those who exercised less than the recommended 150 minutes per week however had a reduction in premature deaths of 20%. Adults who exercised the recommended amounts reduced their risks by 31% and those who worked out 3 times the recommended amount had the greatest benefit, reducing their risk by 39%.
So what types of exercise are best to increase your life? Research is still being done to find out exactly but one study suggests vigorous versus moderate or light exercise may actually add more years to your life.
Some researches have even concluded that exercises involving social interactions or team sports like tennis, soccer and basketball can increase a person’s life more than exercise done alone like swimming or walking, as published in Time. And it makes sense, social interactions increase our mental health and in team sports we are combining that with physical activity.
If you don’t already have an exercise routine starting one is probably a good idea. And you don’t need a gym membership or to become a bodybuilder to reap the benefits. Take walks around your neighborhood, join a local sports club, or follow YouTube videos from the comfort of your home. Remember that some activity is better than none and you can always increase the amount you do gradually.
Another added benefit of exercising? You could potentially save money on your life insurance! Generally speaking, life insurance costs less depending on your age and health status so the younger and healthier you are, the better your rate will be.
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