NUM­BER OF THE MONTH

02 YEARS OF EX­TRA LIFE BY TURN­ING PAGES ON YOUR COM­MUTE

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Style -

You don’t need us to tell you that read­ing this pub­li­ca­tion is good for you. With the lat­est health and fit­ness ad­vice com­pressed onto ev­ery page, that should be clear. But it turns out that sim­ply bury­ing your head in your favourite mag­a­zine (or book, even) can add valu­able chap­ters to your life­time.

A study pub­lished in the jour­nal So­cial Science and Medicine ex­am­ined the read­ing pat­terns of 3,635 peo­ple aged 50 and older. On av­er­age, reg­u­lar read­ers were found to live al­most two years longer than the less lit­er­ary. They also dis­played im­proved cog­ni­tion and a lower risk of de­men­tia, lead­ing to an im­proved qual­ity of life far into their re­tire­ment years.

But be­fore you reach for that dusty doorstop vol­ume of the col­lected works of Tol­stoy, you should know that – though the study au­thors found the more you read, the greater the ef­fect – as lit­tle as 30 min­utes of read­ing a day was still ben­e­fi­cial in terms of in­creas­ing longevity. In other words, swap thumb­ing through so­cial me­dia on the way to work for crack­ing a spine or two, and your epi­taph will re­main un­writ­ten for a while longer.

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