The secret to living longer and better

78754936You may turn to exercise when you want to lose weight or boost your energy, but did you know it may actually extend your life?

People who are active for about seven hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early compared to those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And you don’t have to be a gym rat to reap the benefits: You can slash your risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes (that’s two hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking.

Here’s how your body and mind will benefit from regular exercise:

A reduced risk of heart disease. Regular workouts can lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels, slashing your risk of heart disease and stroke.

A lower risk of diabetes. Exercise can keep your blood sugar level in check and help you stay slim, which can stave off this dangerous disease. Studies have shown that getting between 120 minutes and 150 minutes of physical activity per week is associated with lower rates of the illness.

A reduced chance of developing cancer. Working out can lower your risk of developing colon, breast, endometrial and lung cancers. And if you do develop cancer, exercise can help your body tolerate treatment.

Protect your bones and muscles. Doing aerobic and strengthening exercises can help slow the loss of bone and muscle as you age. People who do 120 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week have a lower risk of hip fracture. Those who get between 140 and 150 minutes of exercise per week can improve their ability to manage arthritis pain and other conditions affecting their joints.

Boost your mood. Regular exercise can help keep your mind sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and help you sleep better.

Prevent falls. Doing balance and muscle-strengthening activities each week—along with aerobic exercise—can help reduce your risk of falling.

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