Exercise Reduces Mortality Risk 40%
A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine links half an hour of physical activity, 6 days a week, with a 40% lower risk of death from any cause among elderly men.
The new findings are based on the results from Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo, Norway, which investigated 15,000 men. The study began with a checkup in 1973 that included an assessment of the men’s height, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking history, as well as how much they exercised on a weekly basis.
The exercise was so beneficial among the men in the study that its effects is just as good for health as quitting smoking. Just 1 hour of exercise a week linked with lowered risk of death.
The researchers found that a small amount of exercise — less than an hour per week of light physical activity — was not associated with increased life span during the study. But compared with the men who exercised more than an hour per week had a 32-percent to a 56-percent lower risk of dying during the study, depending on other factors.
The researchers also found that men who exercised vigorously, even for less than an hour weekly, were 23 percent to 37 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease or of any other medical cause during the study.
“Vigorous exercise is key“, the researchers said. The more time men spent exercising vigorously, the greater the reduction in their risk of dying.
Men who made a habit of daily exercise at moderate to vigorous intensity lived, on average, five years longer than the men who were sedentary, even when the researchers controlled for the risk of diseases that increase with age, including heart disease and stroke, the researchers said.
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