Does Exercise Make You Live Longer?

Studies have shown that some risk factors are the reasons for heart disease. These include high blood pressure, unhealthy LDL cholesterol or even having the waistline above half of your height. However, there’s good news even in this context. Exercise can make a great difference. There’s a relationship between longevity and exercise.

It is possible to reverse the unhealthy statistics of your body to a better one by exercising on a regular basis. You may go for stretching, cardio, abdominal core training exercise, strength training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to get the result. It may be noted that HIIT helps release human growth hormone (HGH) that helps you achieve energy, strength, overall health. Eventually longevity is ensured.

An Australian study analyzed data collected from 8,662 men and women. The data was collected 15 years ago and the present status of those people have been analyzed to see who have died and for what reasons. Exercise level and its role were part of the research. People have been categorized according to the exercise level as below:
• Never or hardly ever exercised
• Regular quick walking and/or occasional vigorous exercise
• Exercised daily, and often vigorously

The research findings showed that people in the first group were two times more likely to die early than the people in the second group. People in the third group had one-sixth risk of dying compared to those of the first group. Moreover, people with better health numbers with less exercise had more risk than those with less health numbers with more exercise. This is how the research shows that exercise has a clearly positive effect on longevity.

In November 2013, the Stroke Journal published an article studying the effects of walking on the risk of a stroke. The subjects studied were over 60 years of age.

4,252 men of the age group of 60 to 80 were studied and then they were divided into five groups based on the time they spend in walking. The five groups are as below:
a. 1-3 hours/week
b. 4-7 hours/week
c. 8-14 hours/week
d. 15-21 hours/week
e. More than 21 hours/week

When you walk for an hour on a daily basis, the risk of having a stroke is reduced by one-third. When the walking comes to a three-hour length, the risk is reduced by two-thirds. Studies have shown that the pace of walking is not a significant matter in this regard.

Diet is the next factor that influences longevity. The answer to a healthier and longer life is the combination of diet and exercise. You have to accommodate good fats, fresh fruits, whole grains, vegetables and lean meats in your diet.

Exercise and healthy foods have always played an important role in staying healthy for a longer time. This is now accepted as one universal fact. The studies cited in this article just further solidify what we have known all along.


Want another reason to add exercise to your life? How about 15 reasons? “Fit For Life” takes a look at 15 powerful ways exercise will change your life. Learn how to find the right activity for you and how to get started exercising the right way.

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