Do you want to live a longer and healthier life? Choose an activity that you like and begin moving. Strolling, jogging, swimming laps, playing tennis, cycling, swimming, golf, racquet sports, or simply walking for exercise are all options.
According to a new research published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, all of these leisure activities seem to reduce the chance of premature mortality, as well as death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The National Cancer Institute research examined answers from nearly 272,000 participants aged 59 to 82 who answered questionnaires on their leisure time activities as part of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, a long-term study of the link between diet and health.
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The researchers tracked individuals for around a dozen years and reviewed health data for fatalities from cancer, heart disease, and other causes. American adults should engage in 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, according to physical activity recommendations in the United States.
The researchers discovered that any combination of aerobic-based exercise done for the prescribed amount of time per week was related with a 13% decreased risk of dying from any cause when compared to undertaking none of the activities.
Racket sports had the greatest return for cardiovascular issues: There was a 27% decrease in the risk of dying from heart disease and a 16% reduction in the chance of dying prematurely. Running was connected with the greatest decrease in cancer risk (19%), as well as a 15% reduction in the chance of dying prematurely, according to the research.
Walking was determined to be the most effective for decreasing the risk of premature mortality, followed by racquet sports and running. The research discovered that all of the activities investigated were related with some decreased odds of mortality.
“Participation in any of the activities, including moderate-intensity activities, was associated with lower mortality in comparison to those who did not participate in any of the activities,” wrote study author Eleanor Watts, a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
The research could only demonstrate a connection, not a complete cause and effect relationship.
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