New research shows that you don't have to be an athlete for the effects of exercise to lengthen your life span.
According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) literally, any kind of exercise can help you live longer, regardless of how intense your workout is.
The study also confirms what previous studies have shown: remaining sedentary for over nine hours a day can hurt your health.
While researchers say that more evidence is needed to determine exactly how much exercise is required to protect your health, even light physical activities can help, according to a press release on the study.
The research team conducted a meta-analysis of eight studies involving 36,383 adults in order to investigate links between physical activity, intensity, and longevity.
Subjects were all older than 40 years old, with an average age of 62.
Researchers found that as physical activity increased, however moderately, mortality rates among study subjects went down overall.
As published by the Guardian, even daily household tasks such as walking the dog or vacuuming could aid longevity.
“It is important for elderly people, who might not be able to do much moderate-intensity activity, that just moving around and doing light-intensity [activity] [will have] strong effects and is beneficial,” said Ulf Ekelund, a professor and first author of the study at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
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