A landmark study that was just published shows that exercise can help you live longer by beating back up to two dozen diseases and mental health problems. You really don’t need any more proof than this. It’s a pretty impressive, comprehensive analysis.
The study shows that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of:
- certain types of cancer
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- erectile dysfunction
- and more
Basically the only thing worse than sitting on your butt and doing nothing are cigarettes. Smoking was the only risk factor that will kill you faster than inactivity.
Guidelines for Exercise
So what should you do? One of the reasons I love this study from Science Daily so much is that it tells you!
- Healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 65 should aim for 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a week, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week. And people who undertake more vigorous exercise, such as jogging, should aim for 20 minutes three days a week.
- Healthy adults should aim for two strength-training sessions a week that work with the body’s major muscle groups.
- Older people can benefit from exercise that helps to maintain their balance and flexibility.
- People who are physically active should continue to exercise even when they become middle aged or elderly and those who don’t should increase their physical activity.
- Not smoking and following a healthy diet is also important.
So you’ve got to move most days of the week and do weight training twice a week. A little note here on weight training; there are a lot of different kinds. There are circuit of machines in a gym, free weights or dumb bells, resistance band or tubing, even yoga and Pilates. So give yourself some options to experiment with what type(s) work best for you.
I’m a fitness blogger and I talk about this a lot. It’s easy to read the sobering news, nod at your screen and resolve to do something about it … and then continue to sit on your bum. I’m asking, as a person who cares, to please shut off the screen, strap on some sneakers, and go exercise. It’s not just about how long you live, it’s about the quality of those years. And it all starts now, today, and every day hereafter. You have to choose to be healthy every day.
So what are you going to do? Argue with the studies? Acknowledge them but do nothing? Or are you going to find a little gumption and go do something? You know which one I’m hoping for :-)
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