What if I told you you could reduce your chances of death by up to 25%? Most of us know that physical activity is really important for our health. But even scientists weren’t sure exactly how much exercise is enough for people. The government recommends that we get at least 150-300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity (like brisk walking) or 75-150 minutes a week of vigorous physical activity (like running), or a combination of both. But it’s never been proven whether doing more than the recommended amount is even better for us. So that’s exactly what a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation set out to determine. To do this they studied over 100,000 adults over a period of 30 years, and below is what they found in their results. What they found can increase both your quality and quantity of life.
Study Shows Working Out More Than Recommend Will Help You Live Longer
Researchers wanted to find out whether doing more physical activity than the government recommends is linked to lower risk of death. To do this, they looked at data from two major studies based in the US that followed over 116,000 adults for 30 years. The people in the studies reported on how much physical activity they did over that time. Allowing researchers to use that information to see if there was any relationship between physical activity and death.
What they found was that people who did the recommended amount of physical activity had a lower risk of dying, as well as from heart disease and other causes than people that did not meet the recommended amount. But people who did more than the recommended amount, doing 300 – 600 minutes of moderate or 150 – 300 minutes vigorous activity, reduced their mortality rate 19% – 25%. Leading them to conclude that more physical activity and working out will reduce your risk of death and other disease risks
Conclusion of The Study
Overall, this study is quite clear and demonstrates the significant importance of physical activity for our overall health and lifespan. The researchers found that more exercise is likely to help us live longer, supporting the idea that the recommended amount of physical activity is a good start. However, the study suggests that doing 300-600 minutes or 5-10 hours of moderate activity, or 150-300 minutes or 2.5-5 hours of vigorous activity, or a combination of both, should be the goal to achieve the maximum health benefits and the potential of reducing your chances of mortality by 19% – 25%.
So remember, the key to living a long and healthy life isn’t a secret or something that comes with a price tag. Just get out there and start moving! And let me know your thoughts on the study in the comments below.