Some of us get right out of bed and then prepare for our exercise routines.
Whether it is a jog around the neighborhood, a quick run or some exercises we do in our homes, we’re on top of it. Getting on top of things gets our adrenaline flowing and prepares us for the workday ahead.
Others, we avoid it.
Exercise is something that we dread and hope we never have to participate in.
But are there really any correlations as to how exercise can affect our lives.
Would exercising more make us live longer? Or would exercising too much cause our lifespans to decrease?
These are questions that many people want answered.
According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of moderate exercise per week is 150 minutes. That is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
But how does that compare to someone who doesn’t exercise? Or better yet, to someone who exercises more?
Let’s look at the results:
661,137 men and women, with the median age of 62 years were included in a study where 116,686 deaths were included in a study.
How much each person exercised was calculated out.
The people who didn’t exercise were at the highest risk of death. No surprise there.
People who exercised in between not doing any physical activity and exercising 150 minutes a week had a 20% less chance of mortality.
People who followed the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 150 minutes a week had a 31% less chance of mortality.
People who went above and beyond to exercise for 450 minutes a week had a 39% less chance of death.
With such a huge data set, it was hard to deny the results of the findings.
It was interesting to find, that as exercise levels increased, so did the probability of the longevity of one’s life.
I’m going to find some extra time to get in some exercise today.
Or do you need help with creating a workout routine?
Schedule a visit with your primary care physician to discuss optimal workout levels and healthy diets to go with your workout routine.
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By Leonard Kim