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Leisure exercises increase life expectancy by up to seven years

Leisure exercises increase life expectancy by up to seven years

Practicing some physical activity in leisure time, such as walking or cycling in the park, increases the life expectancy regardless of the intensity of the exercise or the weight of the individual. This is what a study made by Harvard University in partnership with the National Institute of Health of the United States. The results of this work were reported on November 6 in the journal PLoS Medicine .

The researchers collected data from six different studies on leisure activities. In all, they studied more than 650,000 participants aged 21-90, the majority being over the age of 40. Leisure activities are those exercises that do not have a date or a certain time to happen, which are not mandatory. Some examples are amateur sports, outdoor walking or a bike ride.

The authors found that the minimum level of physical activity to increase longevity is the addition of 75 minutes of brisk walking (or other moderate activity) per week . This activity adds 1.8 year to the life expectancy of a person over 40 years of age compared to someone sedentary. The results also showed that this same exercise, if performed 150 minutes per week, increases the longevity of a person by 3.4 years. If performed for 450 minutes per week, this increase reaches 4.5 years.

According to the study, having normal weight and exercising 150 minutes of exercise, compared to having a BMI greater than 35 and being sedentary, increases in 7.2 years to life expectancy. Obesity, therefore, was related to a lower increase in longevity - but this does not mean that exercise does not increase the life expectancy of overweight people.

According to the authors, regular physical exercise has prolonged the lives of all the people who were examined regardless of weight. They claim that although there is a great deal of scientific research proving the various benefits of physical activity, no study has established this relationship for both normal and obese individuals.

Practice park sports and earn more health

Options are not lacking. Just choose the right activity, you can send the sedentary lifestyle far and still increase your life expectancy. Choose the mode that suits you the most:

Volleyball

It is not difficult to walk through the park and find a group of people sweating their shirts at volleyball matches. The game is fun and you will not even notice the time passing. Get inside and enjoy. In 1 hour of play you burn 420 calories, on average.

Bike

Tranquility, pleasure and lots of fun. A bicycle ride through the park can guarantee many benefits and the best part is that you can invite the whole family to participate. Do not have a bike? The parks rent and charge very affordable prices. In 1 hour of pedaling, you burn 840 calories, on average.

Hiking

In addition to exercising, you still contemplate a beautiful landscape and take advantage of nature. In 1h of walking you burn 270 calories on average.

Race

The time spent running runs much faster when you choose the right place. The parks offer an extra dose of pleasure and tranquility, as well as a proper practice track. In 1 hour of running, you burn 900 calories, on average.

Skating

Skates are perfect for those who miss the kids' time and still help get rid of those extra calories from the weekend. In a 1h ride on the wheels, you burn 500 calories, on average.

Basketball

A basketball game with friends is a perfect choice for anyone looking for a fun and fun-filled sport. How about a party? In 1 hour of play you burn 420 calories, on average.


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