Sunday, November 13, 2022

Exercise And Longevity

The Study

The association between exercise habits and longevity was examined in over 116,000 men and women from Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professional Follow-up Study. After 30 years of follow-up, subjects who met the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans had a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and a 19% lower risk of dying from any cause. Circulation 2022; 146:523-34.

Take Home Message

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans recommends 75-150 minutes per week of vigorous activity, or 150-300 minutes per week of moderate activity.

Examples of vigorous activity are running, swimming, rollerblading, playing basketball and using an elliptical trainer.

Examples of moderate activity are walking, light bike riding, pushing a lawnmower and water aerobics.

Cardiovascular exercise benefits just about every system in our bodies and reduces risk of just about every major chronic disease. Making time to exercise each day is one of the very best decisions you can make for your physical and mental health.


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