Move more, live longer

Men's Fitness - - Updates -

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.”

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