Most Active People Live Longer

Get up and move if you want to live longer! That is the message of a recent study to people of all ages.

It doesn’t really have to be physical activity. People who wander about the home, doing tasks like cleaning dishes and cleaning the grounds, live longer than someone who work at a desk all day.

And if they all have the same amount of daily exercise, this is so.

Subjects wore fitness trackers, also known as accelerometers, for seven days as part of the analysis. The CDC was able to compile data as a result of this. After that, for the next eight years, the department monitored mortality.

The end result was nothing short of spectacular.

The least active people were five times more likely to die during the time frame than the more active people. They were almost three times more likely to die than those who were in the middle of their activity zone.

When it came to the amount of time you could move to raise your mortality, the researchers couldn’t find a magic figure. They did learn, though, that just adding 10 minutes of light exercise to their everyday routine could make a difference.

Much stronger findings were obtained when 30 minutes of sedentary time was replaced with light or moderate-to-vigorous activity.

The study’s lead author, Ezra Fishman, said, “You didn’t even have to get a strong sweat to feel the reduced risk of mortality.” “Physical activity should not have to be strenuous to be effective. That is the message for public health.”

“In terms of physical activity, more would be better than less, and anything is better than doing nothing,” Fishman says.

SOURCE: New Penn study links moving more with decreased mortality. Press Release. University Of Pennsylvania via EurekAlert.