Longer Life Within Walking Distance

Longer Life Within Walking Distance

September 13, 2019 34 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] physical inactivity has been called the biggest public health problem of the 21st century of course just because someone calls it that doesn’t mean it’s true in fact physical inactivity ranks down at number five in terms of risk factors for death and number six in terms of risk factors for disability diet is by far our greatest killer followed by smoking but still there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the prevention of several chronic diseases cardiovascular disease diabetes cancer hypertension obesity depression and osteoporosis as well as premature death adding an additional one or two years onto our lifespan helping to add years to our life in above all life to our years it truly may be survival of the fittest how much do we need to exercise in general the answer is the more the better currently most health and fitness organizations advocate a minimum of a thousand calories burned of exercise a week which is like walking an hour a day five days a week but seven days a week may be even better in terms of extending one’s lifespan moderate intensity can be practically defined by the talk but not sing tests where you can still carry on a conversation but would feel breathless if trying to sing exercise is so important that not walking an hour a day is considered a high risk behavior alongside smoking xx drinking and being obese having any one of these effectively ages us three to five years in terms of risk of dying prematurely though interestingly those that they green vegetables on a daily basis did not appear to have that same bump in risk but even if broccoli eating couch potatoes do live as long as walkers there are a multitude of ancillary health benefits to physical activity so much so that doctors are encouraged to prescribe it to signal to the patient that exercise is medicine in fact powerful medicine researchers at London School Harvard and Stanford compared to exercise to drug interventions and found that exercise often worked just as well as drugs for the treatment of heart disease and stroke the prevention of diabetes of course is not a lot of money to fund exercise studies so one option would be to require drug companies to compare any new drug to exercise in cases where drug options provide only modest benefit patients deserve to understand the relative impact that physical activity might have on their condition we could throw diet into the mix too yes the FDA could tell drug companies your new drug beats a placebo but does it work as well as kale [Music] you