Exercise produces many health benefits, but can it help us live longer, and if it can how many years can we gain?
654,827 individuals were included in this research (Steven SC, et al., 2012).
The study had a median follow up time of 10 years. A physical activity level equivalent to brisk walking for up to 75 minutes per week was associated with a gain of 1.8 years in life expectancy compared to no physical activity. This was for leisure time activity. Higher levels of physical activity were associated with greater gains in life expectancy, with a gain of 4.5 year equivalent to brisk walking for 450 minutes or more per week. If you also keep your weight in a good range with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9, you can increase your life expectancy by 7.2 years according to this research.
450 minutes of walking is spending a long time walking. There are however faster and more effective ways to exercise. High intensity short interval training is one way to substantially shorten the time you spend exercising.
Steven C Moore, Alpa V Patel, Charles E Matthews, Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, Yikyung Park, Hormuzd A Katki, Martha S Linet, Elisabete Weiderpass, Kala Visvanathan, Kathy J Helzlsouer, Michael Thun, Susan M Gapstur, Patricia Hartge, I-Min Lee, Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity and mortality: a large pooled cohort analysis, PLoS Med. 2012;9(11):e1001335.
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