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Many people have asked me…how can I live a longer, better life without all the age-related associated disease risks?
I have the same answer that I have been using for the last 30 years…and it’s a one word answer.
All things being equal in this case, even if you really don’t live a life that I would consider “healthy”….regular exercise can still impart a significant degree of protection against the development of may disease processes typically associated with the aging process.
Of course, I am not suggesting for one moment that you don’t assess your entire approach to your lifestyle and where changes really need to be made…but even a few missing pieces to this puzzle can make a significant difference in your long-term health status.
How do I know?
Well….I have my own personal experience combined with clinical experience and scientific evidence that helps to provide a certain degree of clarity in the discussion.
Here is a very good example of what I am trying to illustrate.
Recent research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has indicated that adults who simply engage in moderate-intensity walking for 150 minutes per week (approximately 20 minutes per day) enjoy a high degree of ill-health protection. Those who walk a total of 75 minutes per week but do so utilizing a more intense pace enjoy the same protection.
Some of the potential health benefits include a reduction in premature death, cardiovascular disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, type-2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis!
In addition, it is widely understood that common mental health issues like depression and anxiety can be greatly circumvented from engaging in a more active type of lifestyle. Previous scientific evidence has also firmly established that regular physical activity can also improve cognitive function!
The research cited above also indicated that participation in activity levels below that which is recommended by government standards can also decrease the risk of premature death by a considerable amount.
Information on approximately 140,000 people was used to determine that compared to folks who reported no physical activity at all, people who reported walking less than 2 hours per week showed a lower risk of all-cause mortality.
In addition, those study participants who met or exceeded the national guidelines for physical activity by twofold through walking alone was associated with a 20 percent decrease in mortality risk!
However, the difference in outcomes between those who met the recommendations and those who exceeded them was minimal.
Walking was indicated to exert it’s positive effects for preventing respiratory disease-related mortality. In precise terms, more than 6 hours of weekly walking was associated with a 35 percent lower risk in this type of mortality in comparison with those folks who were the least physically active.
This important research also indicated that cardiovascular mortality was also lower among those people whose only form of physical activity was walking. These people were 20 percent less likely to die from a cardiovascular illness and 9 percent less likely to die of cancer!
Sadly, most published reports have consistently indicated that only 50% of all people living in the US and Canada meet the national guidelines for physical activity. In the case of older folks (>65 years) it’s even worse.
Here is the good news!
You don’t need to spend a great deal of money in the process of getting more exercise…you need some good walking shoes or sneakers, some reasonable terrain, the proper clothing…and that’s it!
If you would like to live longer and better…perhaps you and your friends should organize a daily walk…this idea will catch-on and before you know it…you will be on your way to better health while having fun at the same time!
Dr. K. J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project