A new study says that rigorous exercise could lengthen life, despite any amount of physical activity offers health benefits. Researchers found that intense exercise among middle-aged and older individuals help in lengthening their lives by up to 13%.
The study followed over 204,000 people aged 45 and older for 6 years. The researchers compared those with moderate activities like social tennis, household chores, or gentle swimming with those engaged in vigorous activities such as competitive tennis, aerobics, or jogging. The participants were categorized into 3 groups according to the level of their physical activities. The study authors reported that those engaged in rigorous activities had 9% lower death rate than those without such activities with a 13% drop in the risk of death.
Dr. Klaus Gebel, study author said the health benefits of rigorous activities that men and women applied were independent of the overall amount of time they spent being active. Thus, Gebel said people who can manage some rigorous activities could offer a significant increase in longevity, regardless of obesity, heart disease, or diabetes. However, Gebel warned that people should seek their doctors first before any vigorous activity, especially the older people, with medical conditions, and people who have never done such rigorous exercise. The researchers concluded that public health guidelines and doctor’s recommendations must encourage some rigorous types of exercise.