By Jim Moriones, GetHealthAccess.com |
A study has revealed that vigorous exercise, the kind that will make you all sweaty, and makes you catch your breath may increase your chances of a longer life; it is based in the study of Australian researchers on more than 200,000 adults over the age of 45 and is published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.
Of those who did 30% of their weekly workout plans having a vigorous exercise, like jogging aerobics and competitive tennis, shows a mortality rate of 13% lower than those who did a moderate to light exercise, like swimming, social tennis or household chores.
Lead Author Klaus Gebel from James Cook University’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention said that “The benefits of vigorous activity applied to men and women of all ages, and were independent of the total amount of time spent being active.”
“The results indicate that whether or not you are obese, and whether or not you have heart disease or diabetes, if you can manage some vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity.”
Well, we are encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to do at least 15 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. This is to maintain the level of body activity to the level of the calorie intake that we have, and all the benefit that we can have from it plus the longevity.
But of course, this research finding does not change the fact that if you’re not advised by your doctor, to do, hard to extreme exercises and if you’re not fit for it, let’s say you have a weak knee bone or muscle spasms.
“Our research indicates that even small amounts of vigorous activity could help reduce your risk of early death,” Gebel said.
“For those with medical conditions, for older people in general, and for those who have never done any vigorous activity or exercise before, it’s always important to talk to a doctor first,’ he added, emphasizing the need to still consult your doctors about changing your activity level.