What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Exercise to not to live longer, but to live healthier longer. What?! Yeah, I know confusing, but exercise research is forever yielding interesting and (sometimes counterintuitive results). I’ve told you how exercise can slow aging, keep your brain in good health, and help your mood, but now new research shows that as much as exercise might help you live longer, it has an even greater benefit in helping you live healthier longer. That might seem obvious, but here are some scary statistics to make it more concrete.
It’s true that we’re living longer, but we’re not necessarily living better. In America the average life span has gone up from less than 74 in 1980 to 78 today. Unfortunately though, the rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, have also grown enormously. This has resulted in what some scientists are calling a “lengthening of morbidity”. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live longer if I have to spend those years living in chronic illness.
Luckily there’s a good way to stop that from happening – exercise (surprise surprise). Exercise, specifically in middle age (even if you have had no habit of exercising previously) can yield enormous benefits. Not much of an exercise buff? Not sure where to start? You don’t have to become a marathoner to get the benefits. Just get off the couch! In general more is better, but a daily walk of 20-30 minutes is enough to do the trick.
So what’s stopping you? Go on. Get off the couch. Get your sneakers and move! Your 80 year old self thanks you =)