Exercise is undoubtedly good for us. It can reduce chances of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, increase life expectancy etc. several studies have shown that the benefits of exercise is uncountable. However, how much does it matter that at what age the person began exercising? Or, is any age too late to begin doing it and to hope for benefits? Latest studies have shown that the impacts of exercise on risk of early death and short lifespan. Team of researchers has analyzed how changes in levels of exercise with time can affect the chances of a person dying from any reason or particular diseases like cardiovascular.
Doctoral researcher from Cambridge University, Alexander Mok has authored this latest study. Before Mok and his team, scientists have often researched on connection between exercise and reducing mortality rates. However, this time the focus has been on facts like how with time standard of exercise should be changed in order to have impacts on individual’s lifespan.
Therefore, scientists conducted this study on a huge level by analyzing data on 15,000 people. The study included both men and women belonging to the age group between 40 and 79 years. The participants were examined when the study began and then thrice till 2004. The research considered their lifestyle, risk elements like smoking habits, alcohol consumption and diet. Blood pressure, weight, height and age were also noted down. Other things like education, social background, history of diseases like asthma, cancer, diabetes etc were noted.
The participants were observed for median period of 12.5 years with the last assessment during 2016. 3148 died, out of which 950 had cardiovascular disease and 1091 had cancer. It was then observed that higher levels of exercise and more involvement into physical activity over time were linked with lower mortality risk. In fact, it was also seen that people who were physically inactive but still decided to exercise could also get benefits in terms of lifespan.