Exercise boasts a strong reputation for your health. It is widely known for delivering tons of health merits including those for your cardiovascular health, weight management, cognitive well-being and so on. However, its benefits concerning reducing the risk of death are not so thoroughly known.
Most of the research on the matter is conducted with age stamps. However, the present study published in JAMA Network Open reveals that exercise reduces the risk of death regardless of your age. In other words, you can boost your lifespan irrespective of when you start exercising.
What Did The Study Learn?
In the survey, researchers asked more than 315,000 adults in the US about the activity they pursued in their leisure time. These participants were aged between 50 and 71. So, leisure time activities at four different points in their lives were recorded.
These points include activities during 15-18 years, 19-29 years, 35-39 years as well as 40-61 years. Individuals who reported that they exercised between 2-8 hours in a week at each of the four points in their life lowered their risk of dying from any cause during the study’s 20-year duration.
In fact, the risk slashed between 29-36% as compared to people who never or rarely exercised. Moreover, these folks also lowered their odds of death from cancer by up to 14% and death due to heart disease by about 42%. These findings are in contrast with people who were inactive.
What’s more, the people who exercised the most, reduced their risks the most.
Reduced Risk Of Death Even If You Exercised Later On
Another surprising finding of this study was that people who exercised less when they were younger but paid attention to it after hitting their 40s also reaped benefits. These people showed a reduction in their death risk too. This reduced risk was similar to those folks who exercised constantly in their lives.
A decline in the risk of cancer and heart diseases was also similar to the ones who exercised steadily. For this class of people too, those who exercised the most reaped the most benefits.
This brings an important question to the fore – if results are similar so why should you bother exercising throughout your life? Experts answer this by saying that consistent activity carries more health merits, both physical and mental. Moreover, if you have a habit of exercising when young then there are increased chances of you keeping up with the pattern later on in your life.
Besides, other studies also suggest that exercise can reduce the risk of death by trimming the odds of developing other health conditions such as diabetes type II, obesity, and more. It also lessens the risk factor concerned with heart disease, which can chip in premature death and aging.
In A Nutshell
Summing up, exercise is important irrespective of your age. It is best that you dedicate a minimum of 150 minutes to moderate intensity exercise or give 75 minutes to aerobic vigorous exercise every week. To this end, you don’t have to hit the gym. Instead, start by going for walks and other such activities.