Prevent Disease and Lower your Risk for Early Death

article by kathryn

I’ve used a quote before in past article/s but I’m going to use it again;

“If exercise was sold in pill form, it would be the number one pill sold throughout the world because the benefits are endless.”
– Renee Dumont

There are countless studies that show the numerous benefits of physical activity.

To name a few, decreased disease risk, better sleep, stress reduction, strengthened bones and muscles, and increased energy and mood. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise for most healthy adults. Exercise should include a combination of both anaerobic and aerobic activities.

While both types of exercise have health benefits on their own, combining them could have an even greater effect when it comes to disease prevention and early death risk. Recent research showed those that who lifted weights once or twice per week in addition to the recommended amount of aerobic activities, had a 41% lower risk of dying early, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Even with weight training alone, older adults reduced their risk of early death of all cause mortality by up to 22%. Additionally, using weights once or twice weekly was associated with a 14% lower risk of mortality, and the benefit increased the more times someone lifted weights. Those who did aerobic exercise lowered their risk by up to 34%, compared with participants who didn’t do any weight training or aerobic exercise. For individuals that met both recommended guidelines saw a risk reduction of 41% to 47% compared to those that were inactive.

Clearly, we greatly benefit from daily movement and we should strive to do at least some physical activity regularly. Even just 10 minutes can benefit health and well-being. Make this a year where you prioritize your health!

Read more about this: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/27/health/weight-exercise-benefits-lower-death-risk-wellness/index.html