Even Light Exercise Extends Life Expectancy
To live longer, take out the trash. Chores and other low-intensity activities were associated with a longer life for older women in a study. Researchers examined exercise levels for 6,382 women with and without diabetes, whose average age was 79. For a week, participants wore activity trackers, which allowed researchers to measure how much and how vigorously they moved during an average day. Women who got at least 30 minutes of light daily activity, such as housework and leisurely strolls, dropped their risk of dying over the next three years by 12 percent compared with sedentary women. The takeaway: If you’re unable to participate in intense workouts, less physically demanding activities might offer significant health benefits.
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Nov. 16, 2017