Study: Aerobic Exercise Associated with Lower Death Risk

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Whenever I’m not working, you’ll usually find me at home working out, whether it be outside going on a walk or a run, or inside lifting weights. I’ve found that it is the perfect way for me to de-stress after work. Not only does it help me to reduce stress, but it also lets me get in some activity and exercise into my day and stay fit, which is always a good thing. It turns out however, that daily activity is good for more than just keeping you fit, as it can actually lead to lower mortality risks.

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According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an association was found between daily activity and lowered risk of all reasons for death, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, the study assessed 272,550 older adults and found that their participation in 7.5 to 15 hours per week of aerobic activity lowered their mortality risk.

The Cleveland Clinic defines aerobic activity as an activity that requires lots of oxygen, which provides cardiovascular conditioning. Some examples include:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Speed walking
  • Cycling
  • Jumping rope
  • Rowing

Try choosing one or more of these exercises and get some activity into your day! Even if you have to start with only a few minutes per day, you’ve got to start somewhere! Not only will it help you get some movement in and get those endorphins flowing, but you’ll also be helping yourself and your health out in the long run!

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