It’s Official: Exercise Slows Aging

We've heard it before; now we're reading it in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice: exercise is "the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health." Science Daily reports on reseach that reviewed the key findings of 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010. The researchers concluded that regular exercise can reduce around two dozen physical and mental health conditions and slow down how quickly the body ages. Find a list of benefits here. What exactly is exercise? The researchers recommend that healthy adults aged between 18 and 65 should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking, five days a week. And people who undertake more vigorous intensity exercise, such as jogging, should aim for 20 minutes three days a week.

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4 thoughts on “It’s Official: Exercise Slows Aging

  1. I know this idea will sell alot of gym memberships, but maybe it is taking things a little far. Lets face it, today’s lifestyle is way more lazy due in part to the mechanization of even the littlest things that once were done by hand. That and others has contributed to perhaps one of the most sedentary generations ever, at least here in the fat west. I believe you could exchange the word exercise with the word activity in almost all of the use’s in the article and make the same point valid.
    Ptguyin209 sum’s it up with the fewest of word’s. lol

  2. Yes i am 64 and can do between 70 -100 good pushups non stop in a little over a minute i have been active and will always exercize to ward off negative elements of ageing,society and “culture”

  3. Just being active in general is so important. I blame long hours in the car and TV watching as being the most detrimental activities to health. People who could clean their own houses and take care of their yards hire people to do these things for them and then go to the gym or for a run. What kind of sense does that make when it is very satisfying to do useful labor and nothing people should feel they are too good for?
    I also think that any activity taken on to lose weight or get fit or for any other extrinsic reason is going to pall in a hurry. It’s better to find out what you like to do. I enjoy water aerobics, yoga, dog walking and now aqua zumba. These things are fun for me, so I persist with them.

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