Importance of Exercise

It’s not a surprise to hear that exercise is key to living a long and healthy life? The question is, how much exercise do you need? And, can exercise prolong your life? Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Exercise improves your overall health and cuts down your risk for many different diseases. Generally, the guidelines for exercise recommend that you get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Recent studies, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, have found that people that do not exercise have a high risk or premature death.

Susan McGalla says that people who exercise some, but not quite the recommended amount, lowered their risk of an early death by 20 percent. The people that exercised at least 150 minutes every week brought down their risk or premature death by 31 percent. The study also found that those who exercised much more, around 450 minutes each week, are 39 percent less likely to die at a younger age. Exercising beyond that amount weekly did not significantly change the risk of premature death. The moral of the story? Get up and get moving, so you can live a long, healthy, and productive life.

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