In the past doctors prescribe blood pressure medicine for those with high blood pressure and didn’t have specific dosages to provide for those who exercise. Half of Americans fail to meet daily exercise requirements so dosages for exercising patients have been ignored until now.
22-minutes of moderate activity a day gained 3.4 years of life
I-Min Lee Professor at Harvard Medical School gathered data from 650,000 people over 40 and followed them for ten years. Research revealed people who walked 75-minutes a week, 11-minutes a day, lived 1.8 years longer than those who did zero exercise. Those who did the federal recommendation of 150 minutes per week 22-minutes a day gained 3.4 years to their life expectancy. That’s daunting and promising information.
Zero exercise puts you in the hole
I-Min Lee, “That’s encouraging news and may be frightening for someone who doesn’t meet the recommended 150-minutes a week. Start off slowly if you’ve never exercised and work your way to the target 150-minutes a week to encourage longevity and health.”
The more people exercised the more years they gained to their lifespan
The benefits of longevity begin to plane off after 43-minutes a day. This goes for all people of all weight levels. “For those who are obese, even if you are not losing weight you are better off than you were not getting any exercise. Those who were of normal body weight did the best, they were able to extend their life expectancy by seven more years and had the highest Body Mass Index.”
Lee herself runs 15-20 miles a day and does as many errands on foot as possible. “When I began the research I was critical about doing the research and not being physically active. Now I exercise daily and I’m one of the people who converted because of the research.”
The study published in The Lancet, used brisk walking because it was the most common answer given when polled for exercise methods. “It’s time to promote inactivity as a health risk as much as smoking. The study compares the number of lives lost due to inactivity, to the number live lost due to smoking.
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