Exercise and live longer – Is it true?

I was always told to sweat everyday for at least 10 minutes and this has kept me in good stead along with my own combination of yoga, pilates and stretch exercises that I do each morning.

The latest research by medical journal PLOS says that if you don’t exercise you reduce your life by over 7 years.  Even 10 minutes a day can stretch your lifespan by almost 2 years.

They say that regular physical activity is essential for human health.  It helps to maintain a healthy weight and prevents or delays heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.  It also makes you feel better while increasing your life expectancy.

The World Health Organization  recommends that we should do at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day (2.5 hours each week). This could be a brisk walk or something similar.

I’ve done different things at different stages in my life with the main ones being horse riding, dancing, cycling and walking.  I love being active so if there are stairs instead of a lift I’ll take the stairs plus I’ve always done my own housework and gardening which all counts too! Don’t tell me that making up beds isn’t exercise!  The important thing is to do things you like and enjoy or make the chores work for a health benefit while you get them done.  Plus it’s always a good idea to practise your runway walk and posture whatever your walk in life…..

Do make sure you love your exercise clothes – putting them on and feeling good is a great way to start.

Often in our busy lives exercise is the first thing to be left out when it really is so important to have as a top priority.

Feel better, exercise and live longer – what’s not to like about that!

What do you do?  Or what small change could you add into your daily life?  Do let me know in the comments below:-


Exercise and live longer

Photographer Rosie Collins


PLOS: Public Library of Science:-http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335

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