A little vigorous exercise can help you live longer

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If you are planning to join the gym for years and always scheduling
your early morning jogging for tomorrow, make up your mind fast as a
large study has found that even small amounts of vigorous activity could
help reduce your risk of early death.

Physical activity that makes you puff and sweat is key to
avoiding preventable early death, the findings of the large Australian
study of middle-aged and older adults showed.

“The benefits of vigorous activity applied to men and women of all
ages, and were independent of the total amount of time being spent
active,” said lead author Klaus Gebel from James Cook University in
Queensland, Australia.

“The results indicate that whether or not you are obese, and whether
or not you have heart disease or diabetes, if you can manage some
vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity,”
Gebel noted.

For the study, the researchers followed 204,542 people for more than
six years, and compared those who engaged in only moderate activity
(such as gentle swimming, social tennis, or household chores) with those
who included at least some vigorous activity (such as jogging, aerobics
or competitive tennis).

The study classified participants into separate groups: those who
reported that none of their physical activity was at a vigorous level,
and those who reported that up to 30 percent or more of their activity
was at a vigorous level.

The mortality rate for those who reported upto 30 per cent vigorous
activity, was nine per cent lower than those who reported no vigorous

For those whose exercise routine was vigorous for more than 30
percent of the time, the rate of mortality was reduced by 13 percent.

The findings appeared in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Credit: IANS

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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