The meaning of life is exercise. Exercise gets the body’s cells moving, which can make people look good and be healthier, and there is a positive correlation between exercise and health.
A growing body of research shows that exercise has many benefits, helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, improve mood, and even improve the treatment of many types of cancer.
Recently, researchers from the National Cancer Institute, the CDC and the National Cancer Institute published a study in the JAMA subjournal “JAMA Internal Medicine” entitled “Estimated Number of Deaths Prevented Through Increased Physical Activity Among US Adults”.
The study suggests that a certain amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity exercise per day can reduce the risk of death and increase life expectancy. Additional moderate to vigorous physical activity exercise of 10, 20, and 30 minutes per day reduced annual mortality by 7%, 13%, and 17%, respectively.
In the study, researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which included a total of 4,840 participants aged 40 and older, using accelerometer measurements to examine the association between physical activity and mortality. In addition, researchers analyzed the number of deaths prevented per year due to increased physical activity (PAF).
A total of 1,165 deaths were identified during the 10-year average follow-up period.
Data analysis found that the number of deaths decreased with increased physical activity, and that additional exercise of 10, 20 or 30 minutes per day reduced annual mortality by 7%, 13% and 17%, respectively.
In addition, an increase in physical activity of 10 minutes per day would prevent an estimated 111,174 deaths per year.
Importantly, the more physical activity there is, the more deaths are prevented. The numbers almost doubled and tripled for 20 and 30 minutes of exercise per day, at 209,459 and 367,037, respectively.
PAF analysis showed that an increase of 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day was associated with the prevention of 8.0% of total deaths per year for men, 5.9% for women, 4.8% for Mexican Americans, 6.1% for non-Hispanic blacks, and 7.3% for non-Hispanic whites.
Studies have shown that similar results have been observed between genders and across races.
This is the first study to use accelerometer measurements to estimate the number of preventable deaths through physical activity among U.S. adults, according to the researchers’ description.
In summary, the study suggests that a certain amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity exercise per day can reduce the risk of death and increase life expectancy. These findings support the implementation of strategies to increase people’s physical activity to reduce deaths.