Every January 1st, thousands and thousands of people resolve to….
By February 1st, almost all of those people are sprawled on the couch eating Cheetos and watching Dancing With The Stars.
Maybe if they knew that:
In this study, researchers “used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Health Interview Study mortality linkage, and U.S. Life Tables to estimate and compare the life expectancy at each age for adults who were inactive, somewhat-active and active. “Active” was defined as doing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week”.
They found that…
This benefit crossed racial barriers as well – with the “biggest benefit from physical activity seen in non-Hispanic black women, who gained as many as 5.5 potential years of life”.
A second study, published in PLOS, found that…
Unfortunately for those of us trying to sell the benefits of exercise to our loved ones, neither of these studies looking at quality of life.
If I was a betting man, I would bet that not only do the “exercisers” live longer, they live better…with more energy, less aches & pains, better state of mind, etc…