Which exercise activities helps us live longer?

(WXYZ) - I love talking about exercise because of it’s positive effect on us emotionally and physically.

In this latest study, researchers had over 80,000 people in England and Scotland answer annual health surveys. The findings showed the adults who engaged in racquet sports, swimming and aerobics had the lowest risk of dying during the study period.

When the researchers broke down the numbers, they found those who played racquet sports had a 47 percent lower risk of death, swimmers had a 28 percent lower risk, and those who did aerobics had a 27 percent lower risk of death during the 9-year study period.

Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t interested in these three types of exercises.  It’s not an excuse to be a couch potato.  Here’s my prescriptions:

Partha’s Prescriptions
1. Experiment with different fitness activities to find one you like
People who exercise have lower mortality overall than those who don’t.

2. Make a commitment to exercise
Schedule it on your calendar so it becomes part of your routine.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week
If you’re inactive now, start slowly for 5-10 minutes and build up.

4. Ask family or friends to join you
Involving others can make it more enjoyable.

It can reduce high blood pressure, arthritis pain, osteoporosis and lower your risk of several forms of cancer. It reduces your risk of diabetes and can help with depression and anxiety.

 

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