Did you know that those who are inactive are 21 percent more likely to die earlier than those who engage in regular physical activity?

Researchers in Sweden have completed a 45 year study on approximately 800 participants. They measured VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen uptake during exercise. The higher VO2max is, the fitter the individual. They found that those with low aerobic capacity where 21 percent more likely to die during the 45 year study. 

They found that the risk of death associated with low VO2 max was only second to smoking, and greater than having high cholesterol or blood pressure. Researchers checked the health of all participants from 1967 to 2012, with examinations at least once every ten years. They also kept track of any deaths of those participating in the study. 

Being physically active increases your chance of living a longer life as well as reducing the risk of developing chronic disease and improving emotional wellbeing. 

Other key findings from this study which further demonstrates the benefits of physical activity include:

  • Controlling weight
  • Decreasing risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers
  • Improve bone mineral density
  • Maintain or improve muscular strength

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