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Living Young Longer

Here is a simple, insightful article on extending your productive life by a very recognized expert.

One proven way to extend your health span and lifespan is simply moving more.

For light-to-moderate intensity activities of daily living, e.g. housework, gardening, stair climbing, walking, and bicycling for transportation, an increase of one hour per week compared to no physical activity was associated with a reduction in mortality of four percent.

Even better, Dr. Samitz said that with moderate-intensity leisure activities (e.g. Nordic walking, hiking, social dance) the risk reduction increased to six percent, and with vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or sports (e.g. jogging, bicycling (>10 miles per hour), tennis, ball sport), the reduction in all-cause mortality was even nine percent per one hour increment per week.

Better yet, meeting the WHO´s recommended level of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity of daily life or during leisure was associated with a reduction in mortality risk by ten percent. For vigorous exercise and sports the reduction in mortality risk was more than twofold higher (22 %).

I’m not one for New Year Resolutions. There’s no magic in Januarys. But if you did slip a little during the year, maybe a new beginning makes sense for you, especially if you overdo it during the holidays (or under-exercise). After all, a 22% reduction in your mortality risk is not something you want to ignore. And that’s just exercise.

Couple it with good nutrition, and 22% is just your starting point.

On second thought, why wait till the New Year? Let’s get a head start!

Long Life,

David Kekich

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