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New Study Finds the "Sweet Spot" of Exercise for a Longer Life


Posted:July 08, 2015

Categories:Exercise, Family, Fun News, Healthy, Physical Fitness, Wellness

In a recent study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers discover the longevity trend between sedentary and active individuals.

Several institutions, including the National Cancer Institute and Harvard University pooled data from over 661,000 middle-aged adults. By looking at each adult's exercise time per week and a 14 years worth of death records, they were able to conclude the risk of permature death among the groups.

- "...the people who did not exercise at all were at the highest risk of early death."

- "...those who exercised a little, not meeting the recommendations but doing something, lowered their risk of premature death by 20 percent."

- "...those who met the guidelines precisely, completing 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, enjoyed greater longevity benefits and 31 percent less risk of dying during the 14-year period compared with those who never exercised."

- "The sweet spot for exercise benefits, however, came among those who tripled the recommended level of exercise, working out moderately, mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day. Those people were 39 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who never exercised."


Read more in the New York Times Article here.