Get fit in your 50s and live longer
PEOPLE who embark on a get-fit campaign in their 50s can boost their life expectancy to the same as someone who has always stayed in shape, a Swedish study shows.
The Uppsala University surveyed more than 2200 50-year-old men in 1970, and followed-up studies were then conducted at ages 60, 70, 77 and 82.
The men who embarked on a fitness campaign were shown to have extended their longevity, but the study also found they had to keep it up for five to 10 years to reap the positive effect.
“Increased physical activity in middle age is eventually followed by a reduction in mortality to the same level as seen among men with constantly high physical activity,” the study, published in the British Medical Journal, says.
“This reduction is comparable with that associated with smoking cessation.”