6 Years That Could Save Your Life
A recent study at Johns Hopkins Medicine found that how we spend our middle age years has a drastic impact on our longevity.
The study surveyed over 11,000 adults, and it arrived at two important conclusions:
- Middle age adults that increase their exercise to a standard physical requirement over 6 years see a decreased risk in heart failure.
- Middle age adults that decrease their exercise over 6 years see an increased risk of heart failure.
What is the increase requirement?
In order to meet the standard physical activity acquirement recommended by the study, you would need to exercise for 150 minutes each week — or about 20-30 minutes every day.
Where did they get that number from?
That exercise recommendation actually comes the United States’ own Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a fairly common recommendation these days, and it’s an amount of time that isn’t difficult for many people to find in their scheudles.
Why this matters?
We live in a world that is increasingly more sedentary. More than 80% of all American jobs are behind a desk. Nearly all entertainment involves sitting for an extended period of time. And more and more activities involve a screen.
It’s called the “sitting disease.” It’s scary, and it’s real.
This study matters to both active and inactive people.
If you’re active, then you need to keep that activity going into middle age. Just because you’ve been active and healthy in the past does not mean that you can expect to coast as a healthy person.
If you’re not active, it’s not too late for you to make a change. Over the course of 6 years, you can make your heart stronger and more healthy from just 20-30 minutes of exercise a day.
Many people are stuck sitting for long periods of time at work, in the car, and at home. SwingMove is an app of exercises that are quick and easy to do standing, sitting, or lying down. Done regularly, SwingMove reduces the health risks associated with sitting disease, including cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and some types of cancer.