Physical activity is considered one of the main keys to longevity. Daily exercise has many health benefits, including strengthening the heart muscle and reducing the risk of chronic disease.
Now scientists have found that a certain duration of such activity can add three years to life. Experts came to this conclusion after a study that lasted eight years. The work showed that exercising for 15 minutes reduced the risk of premature death from all causes by 14%, Express reports.
"The benefit increases with every minute of added activity," the Harvard scientists noted. "Every additional 15 minutes of exercise per day reduced mortality by an additional four percent during the study period," the experts said.
Dr. Daniel Foreman, a cardiologist at Harvard Hospital, stressed that physical activity reduces the body's vulnerability to heart attacks, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease and arrhythmias. “Not only do you feel better, all body systems start to work better,” he explained.
At the same time, doctors note that intensive weight training is not necessary for longevity. Walking, dancing, tai chi, cycling, rollerblading, jogging, or swimming is sufficient. It also counts jumping rope, soccer, volleyball and other sports with friends.
It is well known that regular physical activity in general improves health better than any treatment, said Dr. David Hupin. In his research, he found that those who exercised for at least 15 minutes every day had a 22% lower risk of death. Moreover, such an indicator was observed in a group of participants who could not afford more than simple walking.
Earlier, "Profile" wrote how many steps you need to take a day for longevity. In 2020, American scientists conducted a study in which 4,840 people over 40 took part. For three years, they wore pedometers every week, the data from which were analyzed by specialists.