3 Activities that Will Lower Your Risk of Early Death!

3 Activities that Will Lower Your Risk of Early Death!

If you want to live a longer and healthier life, there are ways you can increase your chances.

The good news is that all of these tips are quite simple as well! All you need to do is pick a physical activity and keep doing it for as long as possible.

You could go for running or a sport like tennis or golf or biking!

If none of those sounds like a good time, you can just go for a walk every day as well – the point is to keep moving your body!

One new study published in the JAMA Network Open journal proved that an active lifestyle can lower the risk of early death and death caused by cancer and cardiovascular disease.

This National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study comes from the National Cancer Institute and looked into the responses from more than 270,000 people aged between 59 and 82 who were required to complete questionnaires about their free time activities.

The researchers involved in this study followed the participants for over a decade, analyzing their health records for deaths caused by heart disease, cancer and any other causes.

Health guidelines in the United States recommend that adults do between 2.5 and 5 hours of moderate intensity cardio exercise every week or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of more intense cardio exercise per week.

As it turns out, any aerobic-based activity that reached these parameters every week was able to lower people’s risk of dying by 13 percent when compared to doing no activity.

Furthermore, when it comes to cardiovascular diseases, playing racket sports is the way to go as the risk of passing from heart disease was reduced by 72 percent and the risk of early death regardless of cause was also reduced by 16 percent!

As for cancer, the way to avoid it is running since those who enjoyed this activity reduced their risk of developing cancer by 19 percent.

They also reduced the risk of dying early regardless of cause by 15 percent.

The study also concluded that the next most efficient in lowering the risk of an early death after racket sports and running was walking!

Postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at National Cancer Institute and the study’s author, Eleanor Watts, explained that “Participation in any of these activities was associated with lower mortality in comparison with those who didn’t participate in each activity, including moderate intensity activities.”

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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