Researchers from Paris, France, discovered that 30 minutes of physical activity daily — which includes walking to work and cleaning your home — can extend a person’s life. They also add that higher levels of physical activity, which is around 750 minutes a week, is even better.
Being physically active leads to a longer life
According to the researchers, their study “confirms on a global scale that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease.” They tracked 130,000 people from 17 countries.
The researchers tracked 130,000 people from 17 countries over a span of 17 years and age of the participants in the study ranged from 35 to 70 years old.
They add, “Of the 106,970 people who met the activity guidelines, 3.8 percent developed cardiovascular disease, compared to 5.1 percent of people who did not.”
Risk of mortality was also higher for people who did not meet the recommended amount of activity — 6.4 percent compared to 4.2 percent for people who met guidelines.”
“Overall, the more activity a person did the lower their risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease,” the researchers said.
How can you lead a more active lifestyle?
For a lot of moms and dads, it isn’t exactly easy to always find the time to go to the gym. However, there are also other ways to have an active lifestyle even if you’re busy!
- If possible, walk to nearby destinations instead of taking a car or commuting. If you’re going somewhere nearby, then it’s better to walk instead of drive since walking helps burn calories, and it’s a way to keep you active and moving.
- Sports are a great way to bond with your family. Instead of just staying at home or watching television during weekends, why not try to encourage your family to take up a sport? It’s a good way to keep yourself healthy and active, and it also helps your family get some much needed exercise.
- Diet is just as important as exercise, as a healthy diet can help keep your family healthy and strong.
- Avoid any vices such as smoking cigarettes or drinking, as these can have a negative impact on your health.
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