Keep Moving to Live Longer

We’ve all heard the expression “use it or lose it,” and when it comes to your body, it’s true! Our bodies were meant to move. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.

When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going. Aerobic exercise such as walking and bicycling improves your stamina by training your body to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work.

Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones, and ligaments for increased strength and endurance. Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned. You not only feel better, but you look better, too!

Stretching exercises keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach, and twist. Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination.

Exercise is also a key to weight control because it burns calories. If you burn off more calories than you take in, you lose weight. It’s as simple as that.

In a study from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, researchers have quantified how many years of life are gained by being physically active at different levels, among all individuals as well as among various groups having different body mass indexes (BMI).

The study found that adding low amounts of physical activity to one’s daily routine, such as 75 minutes of brisk walking per week, was associated with increased longevity: a gain of 1.8 years of life expectancy after age 40, compared with doing no such activity. Physical activity above this minimal level was associated with additional gains in longevity. For example, walking briskly for at least 450 minutes a week was associated with a gain of 4.5 years. Further, physical activity was associated with greater longevity among persons in all BMI groups: those normal weight, overweight, and obese.

The findings reinforce the strong connection between a physically active lifestyle and a normal body weight. These findings may also help convince currently inactive persons that even being modestly active is worth it for greater longevity, even if it may not result in weight control.

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