Move more, live longer

Research has supported the efficacy of exercise as a tool for enhanced longevity.

Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US has put figures on the years of life to be gained as a benefit of physical activity.

Senior study author I-Min Lee, MD, said ‘We 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.’

Unsurprisingly, greater levels of activity equated to greater gains in life expectancy. According to the study, an individual who walks briskly for a little over an hour each day could be adding an additional four and a half years to their life.

Source: PLOS Medicine

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