Prolonging Life with Fitness in Middle Age and Beyond

For those who were “couch potatoes” during their youth, it is not too late to begin a routine of regular exercise in middle-age. A recent large-scale study tracked the health of over 315,000 members of AARP and discovered that those who kept exercising throughout their lives had a 36% reduced risk of death during the period of the study, in comparison to those who had never exercised.

Though it may come as a surprise, those who had been physically inactive in their youth but decided to become more active in their 40s and 50s saw a very similar decline in their risk of an early death– 35 percent. Pedro Saint-Maurice, the lead researcher of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, believes this is proof that it is never too late to become active. He believes that adults who are not active should start now, while young adults who are already active should continue to stay active as they get older, which was the conclusion of the study.

Starting physical activity in mid-life can be incredibly beneficial for decreasing the chances of succumbing to the two major killers, heart disease and cancer. According to the research, those who began exercising in their 40s and 50s had a 43 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 16 percent decrease of cancer death rate, which was comparable to people who have been active their entire adult life.

Dr. Evelina Grayver, cardiologist and head of the coronary care unit at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., further emphasized the significance of physical activity in regard to long-term mortality. It doesn’t matter if you start exercising when you’re young or old – the benefits will always be there. She stressed this, although she was not involved in the new research.

Grayver issued a warning, implying this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t exercise during your younger years just because you’ll get the same mortality benefit when you start later in life. She maintained that it is the long-term consequences of being consistently active that reduces the risk of an early death.

The researchers concluded that those who consistently exercised at each age were at a lower risk of death from any cause. This study is the first to investigate how physical activity across different adulthood periods impacts longevity, unlike other research which has only observed activity at a single point in life.

Shockingly, only one in five American adults meet the current federal government health guidelines of moving more, sitting less and incorporating at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. Dr. Sunny Intwala, director of sports cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, recently highlighted the crucial relationship between physical activity and the prevention of heart disease and death at any age. He emphasized that the new research is an eye-opener.

What Are The Benefits of Chiropractic Care With Exercise?

If your posture is poor and your spine not aligned, then your nervous system may not be function at its best and may lead to injuries while exercising.  The breakdown of your body, your structure, leads to dysfunction.  At Hunt Spinal Care, we focus on freeing up your nervous system by improving your posture, which helps you function better and helps to reduce injuries.

Why Choose Hunt Spinal Care?

With a gentle approach, no popping, twisting, or cracking, we get powerful results.  When was the last time you had your nervous system checked for interference and dysfunction?  Don’t wait until you feel pain to get your body aligned.  To get started on the right foot with your exercise plan, contact Hunt Spinal Care today for more information and a consultation!


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