This just in: exercise DOES promote a longer life.
A 12 year Finnish study just conclusively showed that leisure-time physical activity prolonged the lives of men and women, ages 65-74. Worldwide, physical inactivity is estimated to cause approximately 3.2 million deaths annually. In this study, approximately 2,500 men and women from 5 Finnish communities were followed for 11.8 years. Participants who practiced regular physical activity were less likely to die from all causes, especially stroke and heart disease. Furthermore, older adults who engaged in regular physical activity seemed to have lower serum cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, and BMI than those participants who did not engage in regular physical activity.
It’s never too late to start a regular exercise practice. Walking briskly, running, cycling, swimming and playing organized sports are all potential ways to incorporate regular physical activity into your life. Exercising several times a week not only boosts our moods and improves our memories, sleep and ability to focus, it actually HELPS US LIVE LONGER! That’s pretty good motivation, if you ask me.
N.C. Barengo, R Antikainen, K. Borodulin, K. Harald, P. Jousilahti, Leisure-Time Physical Activity Reduces Total and Cardiovascular Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2016. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14694