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In this edition of The Vitality Project blog….I am going to discuss probably the most important factor involved with the aging process.
The effects of exercise upon longevity.
Let me do so by citing some previous research.
Previous research published in 2012 in the journal Diabetologia, concluded that:
Increasing the amount of sedentary time was directly associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Another study published in PLOS One in 2013 indicated that increasing the amounts of daily total sitting time was stronly associated with a greater risk of all-cause mortality. The same study also found that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity appeared to attenuate this hazardous association.
Many other research papers have consistently shown the association with sitting and sedentary behavior with an increased risk of developing a chronis disease or dying prematurely.
The most recent research findings are also the most telling. This current study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, investigated fitness levels and their effect on lifespan over the course of almost half a century on 792 male participants who were at least 50 years of age followed for 45 years.
In 1967, the men were given some exercise tests, they were all examined every 10 years up untill 2012. There respective levels of physical fitness were calculated using their Vo2.Max. scores. The participants were placed into groups based upon their fitness score. The lowest scores when into one group, the second group contained participants who had average fitness Vo2.Max scores and the third group had the best scores and were placed accordingly.
After the data was analyzed, the researchers found that for every incremental increase in fitness score between each group, there was a 21% lower risk of death during the entire 45 year period of the study?
According to the study author: “We found that low aerobic capacity was associated with increased rates of death. The association between exercise capacity and all-cause death was graded, with the strongest risk in the tertile with the lowest maximum aerobic capacity. The effect of aerobic capacity on risk of death was second only to smoking.”
So, really what this study tells us is that the effects of a sendentary lifestyle as a risk factor are secondary only to smoking on the influence they have upon premature death.
The really important message here is that a sedentary lifestyle kills people at a much earlier age than would normally be the case if they were much more physically active. Exercise improves so many aspects of human health that there is just no possible way how anyone can justify not participating in a regular physical activity program.
If you want to life better and longer….get off the couch and get busy with an activity program designed for your own individual needs that is safe and effective.
The time to start is now!
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