We’ve all heard the expression “Life is too short” and while these sorts of expressions inspire us to compile pretty extreme bucket lists, they also motivate us to lead a healthier lifestyle. Whether we realize it or not, what we eat and the way we take care of ourselves reflects on our quality of life. Perhaps one of the things that has a lot of influence on life expectancy and overall health is exercise.
It is no secret that consistent exercise provides us with countless benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, as well as improving bone and muscle health. Furthermore, being active increases our energy level and helps us maintain a healthy body weight. More importantly, following a weekly exercise routine can also prolong life expectancy by several years depending on personal health history.
Although it sounds too good to be true, several studies have indicated that exercising a few hours a week can prolong life expectancy. A study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that those who completed the recommended amount of physical activity increased their life expectancy by 3.4 years. Those who completed twice the amount of the recommended physical activity increased their life expectancy by 4.2 years. This study, along with many others, really emphasizes the tremendous impact that simple everyday exercise can have on our lives.
According to the CDC, It is recommended that those between the ages of 18 to 24 participate in at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise or one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Those who are older should increase their weekly exercise participation to about five hours. Completing these recommended hours, however, does not require you to become a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. Simple walking, biking, or light jogging will do the trick, as long as those muscles are moving. So, add living another 3 to 5 years to your bucket list and hit the gym. This one is definitely worth checking off.