Physcial ExerciseOur inability to lead an active lifestyle is one of the factors that harm our health, make the humanity weaker and weaker, and eventually bring to very serious negative outcomes. Along with poor nutrition, increasing body weight, negative effects of our environment, our bad habits, and some other factors, leading a sedentary lifestyle imposes a great danger to healthy life and well being of future generations. Fortunately, public awareness about this problem has been recently increasing, and millions of people around the world make changes in their daily routine in order to get more exercise, instead of sitting down and watching TV or chatting online with friends. Read more about this topical issue in this website. In particular, if you want to get more exercise and are looking for ways to do that, check out some effective tips and recommendations in this article.

A lot of related studies and researches were conducted, and almost every study results in the researchers coming up with different recommendations and standards as to the most effective type or amounts of daily exercises. Some experts say that even 15-20 minutes of exercise a day can be enough to support our health and live longer. At the same time, most of the scientists are convinced that this is too small amount of exercises for our daily need, and we must exercise for not less that 1-2 hours a day in order to be healthy for many years. Earlier this year, the findings of one more related study were published calling people to exercise at least 150 minutes a week. ExerciseAccording to the conclusions of the scientific group at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, having at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise a week can help us live longer compared to those people who do note exercise, and by using this amount of exercise we can expand our lifespan for up to 5 years!

The team led by Ian Janssen, Ph.D., analyzed the data collected during a few recent health surveys: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, U.S. Life Tables, and the National Health Interview Study mortality linkage. The information allowed comparing life expectancy of those people who are involved in exercises and those who lead sedentary lifestyle. At that those participants who reported having over 150 minutes of active physical exercises a day were considered ‘active’, and the rest were considered ‘inactive’. After processing the information, it turned out that those men who started active lifestyle at the age of 20 can extend their lifespan for up to 2.5 years comparing to the young men with moderate activity. For women at the age of 20, the number of extra years can reach 3, comparing to moderately exercising peers. At that, the scientist underlined that according to their estimations, the system of 150-minute weekly exercises can work best for non-Hispanic black women, who can add up to 5 years to their life expectancy by doing the stated amount of physical activities a week.

Research has shown that the health messages that have the greatest effect on changing people’s behaviors need to be easy to understand, specific to the individual, and be phrased in a gained-framed and positive manner,” the study leader said. He is convinced that the findings of his scientific team will bring great inspiration to those who want to lead an active lifestyle and live a longer life. The scientist underlined that our longevity has very strong associations with our lifestyle and the amounts of physical activities we lead on a daily basis. He suggested using clear information on the issue and recommends motivating people by telling them that active lifestyle and moderate exercises will extend their life for at least 2 years. According to Dr. Janssen, this can be the most effective argument for healthy lifestyle promotion. Read more about the findings of Canadian scientists and find the related info in one of the issues of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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