We know exercise is important to general health but can it really help us live longer? Well, a group of researchers, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that, yes, exercise can add years to your life.
In a study of 80,306 people (F 43,705, M 36,601; mean age 52 yrs) it was found that those that participated in regular games of racquet sports (tennis, badminton, squash) had a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality of 47%. This was followed by swimming (28%), aerobics (27%) and cycling (15%).
Furthermore, looking at reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, once again racquet sports showed its superiority by significantly reducing the risk by 56%. This once again was followed closely by swimming (41%) and aerobics (36%).
It's that simple. Hone in your inner Pete Sampras, Michael Phelphs, and/or Jane Fonda and get to moving people!
The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise (22 minutes per day), or 75 mins per week of vigorous-intensity exercise (11 minutes per day), and a minimum of 2 sessions per week of resistance training.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks to Mick Hughes for helping outline much of this article. He is a great PT in Melbourne, with a fantastic blog.
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