Vigorous Exercise May Extend Your Life Span


exerciseThere has been an ongoing argument for years about which type of exercise is better – vigorous or less than vigorous. A new study that was conducted with a large number of people now clearly indicates that more vigorous exercise wins. The results of the study were reported in the JAMA Internal Medicine.

Two universities were involved in conducting the study, and more than 240,000 people were involved. All of them were older than 45. They were watched for over six years. The participants were then divided into three groups by the type of exercises that they did. One group exercised moderately, and it included those who did some leisure swimming, some tennis, or just chores around the house. A second group performed some vigorous exercise up to 30 percent of the time. The third group did vigorous exercise more than 30 percent of the time, and it included exercises such as aerobics, jogging, and tennis in competition.

Other factors that may have entered into the results were taken into account. The researchers were careful to consider factors such as age, diet, BMI, the presence of diabetes or heart disease, and alcohol use. The results revealed that the more that people participated in serious vigorous exercise, the longer they might expect to live. Their mortality risk was lowered by 13 percent. For those who were not quite so vigorous, or vigorous less than 30 percent of the time, it lowered their risk of mortality only nine percent.

The researchers anticipate that these findings will change the recommended daily amounts of exercise. It will need to focus more on vigorous exercise. The study also discovered that the amount of time spent exercising per week may not matter so much as whether or not some of it is vigorous. It also revealed that people of any health condition may benefit from some vigorous exercise.

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