senior citizens exercisingIncrease Your Chances of Living Longer With Regular Physical Activity

Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers. This is remarkable in two ways:

  • Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. People who are physically active for about 7 hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.
  • You don’t have to do high amounts of activity or vigorous-intensity activity to reduce your risk of premature death.  You can put yourself at lower risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.

Everyone can gain the health benefits of physical activity – age, ethnicity, shape or size do not matter!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention