If you don't exercise, you can also smoke
It's no secret that exercise is good for your health, especially as you get older.
Regular exercise can boost your mood. It can prevent heart attacks. It can help you lose weight, keep your muscles and bones strong, and help you sleep like a baby.
Smoking is not good for you, nor is it news. A recent health study found that long-term smokers are giving up ten years of life.
But which is worse for you, sofa potatoes or smoking like chimneys? Which one will cost you many years of life? What type of exercise is best for longevity?
Recent health studies have examined these issues and yielded some interesting findings...
Sitting is as bad as smoking.
There's a lot of health research out there that points to the fact that exercise can make you live longer. But most of this research relies on asking people how much they exercise.
I don't know about you, but when it comes to this issue, I often have a distorted memory. I think I've been exercising for five hours a week. In fact, I shortened my exercise time in four days of five days because, you know, I'm tired, or it rained, or... you get pictures.
Therefore, requiring people to report their healthy exercise habits may be a less reliable indicator of how exercise affects longevity.
That's what health researchers at Cleveland Clinic want to explore about exercise and longevity. Therefore, they have found a more objective way to look at the problem.
Doctors at the clinic can look at the records of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have undergone treadmill stress tests. They chose 122,007 middle-aged or older men and women for records.
Next, they cross-referenced the death records for ten years after each person completed the stress test.
At every level of fitness, the more healthy a person is, the less likely they are to die prematurely.
How about smoking?
As expected, smokers in this database are more likely to be young. But what's interesting is that statistical risk is roughly the same as inappropriate risk.
In other words, lack of exercise increases the risk of early death, just like smoking.
Collective exercise has increased years of healthy life
So the question is which type of exercise is best for your healthy life.
The Copenhagen Heart Disease Study followed 8,577 people for 25 years and found that participating in various sports activities was associated with different increases in life expectancy.
Obviously, participating in group sports or sports adds more lives than training alone. For example, those who play tennis get nearly ten years, while those who go to fitness clubs get less than two years.
Finnish health research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms this finding.
Researchers looked at 900 former elite athletes and their brothers, all born between 1920 and 1965, to determine which group lived longer and healthier. They found that former athletes lived two to three years longer than their non-athletes'brothers.
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