The benefits of exercise are indisputable.
- You will be healthier (but try not to injure yourself)
- Your “fitness” age, as measured by strength tests will grow younger.
- Your “aerobic capacity” will trend towards the average of younger people.
- The extra endorphins in your body will give you a natural high.
- Your brain function will improve
- You will look younger and sexier.
- You will act younger and sexier.
Keep it up and these benefits are yours for the rest of your life
It is an achievable goal to live the life of a person 2 to 3 decades younger than your chronological age.
Exercise and a healthy eating plan will help to protect you from the inflammatory diseases that beset our community. It will reduce the incidence of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis.
Regular exercise is your best bet for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and improving cognitive function
In 2012 a large pooled analysis involving >650,000 individuals over a 20+ year period was published.
The objective was to determine the years of life gained after age 40, associated with various levels of physical activity, both overall and according to body mass index (BMI) groups.
The conclusions, given with a 95% confidence level were:-
- A physical activity level, equivalent to brisk walking for up to 75-149 min/wk, was associated with a gain of 1.8 years in life expectancy relative to no leisure time activity.
- A physical activity level equivalent to brisk walking for 150-300 min/wk, was associated with a gain of 3.4 years in life expectancy.
- A physical activity level equivalent to brisk walking for 300-449 min/wk, was associated with a gain of 4.2 years in life expectancy.
- Being active (75 min/wk brisk walking) and normal weight (BMI 18.5–24.9) was associated with a gain of 7.2 years of life compared to being inactive and obese (BMI 35.0+)
- If you are obese class 2 (BMI>35) and you can move to overweight (BMI 25-30) by being active (75-149) mins a week you can avoid losing 7.2 years of life expectancy. If you become very active your net gain is 9.8 years. The inactive obese class 2 person is running approximately the same life expectancy risk as a long term smoker.
There are different categories of exercise, each of which has different benefits.