Need a reason to hit the gym? It might extend your life by 4.5 years

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All the motivation you need to work out might be found a new study which says exercise can add around five years to your life expectancy.

According to research from the National Cancer Institute, people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity as an adult were likely to increase their life span, regardless of body weight.

Examining data on more than 650,000 adults, the researchers found that those who got the recommended 2.5 hours a week moderate intensity physical activity (or 1.25 hours vigorous activity) lived an extra 3.4 years longer.

Whereas those who did five hours moderate exercise, called 'leisure-time' physical activity, gained 4.2 years.

Moderate activities are those where someone could talk but not sing while doing them, whereas vigorous is where you could only say a couple of words without stopping for breath.

Even those people that only got half their recommended amount of work out time extended their lives by 1.8 years.

The study author, Steven Moore, commented that, "Regular exercise extended the lives in every group we examined in our study – normal weight, overweight or obese."

The relationship between exercise and life expectancy is the same for men and women and interestingly, is stronger between those who have a family history of heart disease and cancer.

Do you think about your overall health when you exercise or just about losing weight?


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