The more you exercise, the longer you live

AmericaResearch shows that people who exercise 300 to 600 minutes a week or are active 150 to 300 minutes a week have a longer life expectancy.

The study, led by scientists at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, was published in the Journal of Circulatory Medicine of the American Heart Association on July 25.

The work lasted from 1988 to 2018, with more than 116,000 adult volunteers participating. For 30 years, they were allowed to monitor their activities and had to submit detailed reports on their physical activity and leisure time schedules.

Scientists say people who are active for 150 to 300 minutes or who are moderately active for 300 to 600 minutes a week have a lower mortality rate. People who participate in sports such as jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics, or being outdoors for 150 to 300 minutes have a 21% to 23% lower all-cause mortality rate .

Regular exercisers also had a 27% to 33% lower mortality rate from cardiovascular disease, and a 19% lower mortality rate from non-cardiovascular diseases.

Volunteers who did moderate exercise, participating in activities such as walking, weightlifting, or light-intensity exercise for 150 to 300 minutes had a 20% to 21% lower risk of all-cause mortality. .

Running for 150 to 300 minutes a week can help prolong life. Image: Press Photo

Researchers have documented more than 47,000 deaths over the past 30 years.

“Our study provides evidence that helps people choose the duration and intensity of physical activity throughout their lives to maintain overall health,” said Dr. Dong Hoon Lee, Department of Nutrition, co-author study author, said.

Most of the volunteers participating in the study were in their 60s, had a normal BMI, rarely ate more than 2,000 calories a day, drank alcohol occasionally, and had almost no smoking habit.

According to experts, one of the limitations of the study is the lack of racial diversity. 90% of the volunteers were white.

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), each person should get about 75 to 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. The US Department of Health recommends 150 to 300 minutes of physical activity per week.

Thuc Linh (Follow Harvard TH Chan)


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