Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Little Physical Activity Better than None

Source: Reuters Health

We've all used the excuse that we're too busy to exercise, but a new report in the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise may lead some to tighten their laces and get moving.

It's long been known that physically active individuals tend to lead longer lives, but according to this new report, little or no physical activity actually shortens the lifespan; being active allows us to live longer lives because of the health-promoting and disease-fighting role of physical activity regardless of our current weight or health complications.

The study, of nearly 4,400 healthy U.S. adults, found that the roughly 20 percent with the lowest physical fitness levels were twice as likely to die over the next nine years as the 20 percent with the next-lowest fitness levels. Even modest amounts of physical activity, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking, 5 days per week is enough to make a difference.

Get the whole scoop by reading the article "Even modest fitness may extend lifespan" from Reuters Health, Friday, August 21, 2009.