Move more, live longer
Active people have longer lives – so as long as you go to the gym or play sport a few times a week, you can lounge around watching Netflix the rest of the time while your body purrs like a top-of-the-range BMW, right? Guess again. Everyday activity extends everyone’s lifespan, even those who are already physically active.
A study of 3,000 people by demographic scientist Ezra Fishman – using trackers to measure activity, rather than relying on self-reporting – found that replacing 30 minutes of sedentary behaviour with light to moderate movement improved mortality significantly. In fact, as little as ten minutes’ extra activity a day could make a difference. “You didn’t have to even get a good sweat on to experience the reduced likelihood of mortality,” Fishman said. “Activity doesn’t have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial.”