Fitness Leads to Long Life

by Steven Carney on October 4, 2012

Although many of us know that staying active and remaining fit with age is healthy, there are several studies that offer insights that reinforce the approach.

One recent study showed that being physically fit in your 30s to 50s helps to extend lifespan and helps lower risks for common diseases. Staying fit or becoming fit after your 30s can delay the chronic diseases many people get with age (nutrition also plays a big role in disease risk, as many of my posts demonstrate).

The fitness study included about 18,000 subjects and analyzed their health status and medical claims over 40 years, a long time! They found that fitness increases of even 20% for male and female subjects brought:

  • Less congestive heart failure (heart muscle/pumping weakness)
  • Less Alzheimer’s
  • Less colon cancer
  • Improved quality of life
  • Fewer and later onset of health problems

Other studies on fitness later in life show similar results, including lowering risks for:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis

Moderate exercise can also boost your immune system enough to help you ward off colds and flu. One study showed that those who engage in regular exercise can reduce their chances of getting a cold or flu by 30%. The study also said that too much intense exercise can increase chances for infection, although most of us are not elite athletes or marathon runners! We don’t need to worry!

Regular exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming or yard work can boost energy, improve joint flexibility, lessen pain, improve mood and sleep, plus many other areas of health and longevity. I remind people that once we tweak their nutrition, they will have more energy and vitality, so walking or jogging or other fun activities will be easier and feel natural. Doing it for just 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week will improve your overall health, flexibility, energy, mood, and immune system!

The bottom line is that a healthy lifestyle, based on good nutrition and activity most days can change your genes, making you younger and adding many healthy years to your life! You’ll have more energy and vitality, with less disease and disability.

Research indicates that someone who is healthy and fit in their 60s can expect to reach their 80s with their health largely intact! That’s a big benefit for some small changes when you improve your eating habits and work in some healthy activity!

As a life and health coach, my job is to make all of these goals achievable for my clients, and people do better in a short time. So if you want more out of your life and feel like it’s not where you want it to be, drop me al line! We can get you where you want to be!

Helpful links:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120827162009.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9177581

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105112158.htm

http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongfitness/tp/exercise_longevity_life_aging.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/exercise-health_n_1374389.html

http://creationhealth.com/CREATIONHealth/Activity/ExerciseandLongevity/tabid/2940/Default.aspx

NOTE: I added this study on 11/2/12 after I saw it:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101162713.htm

I added this study on 11/11/12:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121108140924.htm

I added this relevant study on 11/27/12:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121126110917.htm

© 2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now

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