The U.S. and Canadian scientists discovered that leisure
time physical activity can enhance life by 5.5 potential years in non-Hispanic
Ian Janssen of Queen's
University in Kingston, Ontario, and colleagues at the Brigham and Women's
Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in
Baton Rouge and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South
Carolina assessed the potential years of life acquired by 'moving around more
when not working'.
Jansen stated that
almost less than half of adult population in U.S. meets guidelines for physical
activity of 150 minutes per week of mild to vigorous physical activity.
assessed 'data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007
to 2010, National Health Interview Study mortality linkage 1990 to 2006 and
U.S. Life Tables 2006'.
For the purpose of
study, the physical activity level of 654,827 people aged between 21 to 90
years was noted. After ten years they were followed to see who all have
The life expectancy of
physically active adults was compared with the life of physically inactive and
The researcher said
that even little increase in physical activity is associated with longevity.
In contrast to
inactive men, the somewhat-active and active non-Hispanic white men experienced
an increase in the life expectancy at the age of 20 years by 2.4 years.
This increased life
expectancy dropped to 1.2 years at the age of 80 years.
were noted in non-Hispanic white females who experienced increase in life
expectancy by 3 years at the age of 20 years and at 80 years, the increase in
life expectancy was 1.6 years.
Exercises are not
confined to looking beautiful and appealing. There are various other healthy
perks associated with exercises. They enhance the health of your heart, keep your
skin healthy and improve your daily sleep.
According to the
scientists, a few minutes of physical exercises can make a huge difference in
concluded that 'non-Hispanics could expect to gain 2.3 to 5.6 hours of life for
every hour of moderate physical activity, and 5.2 to 11.3 hours of life for
every hour of vigorous physical activity they accumulate during adulthood.'
Exercise can extend lifespan by five