We all know that movement is life, but the idea of daily trips to the gym is not at all attractive.
However, researchers from the Swedish school of sports and health science say that doing more sports can be as simple as climbing the stairs every day, rather than increasing your workouts to the extreme.
“People think they have to start going to the gym and train hard to get better,” said Dr. Elin Ekblom-buck, the study’s author.
“But it doesn’t have to be that hard. For most people, you just need to be more active in everyday life — climb the stairs, get out of the subway earlier, ride a bicycle to work — enough to bring health benefits. The more you do, the better. ”
According to a new study presented at EuroPrevent 2019, the main thing is to be more active. This is one of the best ways to increase longevity and live a healthy life.
The study included data on 316,137 adults aged 18 to 74 years who were under medical supervision from 1995 to 2015 in Sweden.
The maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 Max) was used to assess cardiorespiratory fitness, since VO2 Max measures the maximum amount of oxygen that the heart and lungs can provide to muscles during exercise.
Researchers also studied Swedish national registries to find information on all-cause mortality and cardiovascular diseases that occurred during the same time period.
In general, the researchers found that the risk of all-cause mortality decreased by 2.8%, and heart attacks decreased by 3.2%, the more VO2 Max increased.
Each milliliter of increase in VO2 Max reduced the risk of death and heart attack.
All age groups experienced these positive effects, which were characteristic of both men and women.
“It is particularly important to note that improving physical fitness was useful regardless of the initial physical fitness,” said Ekbleom.
The study emphasizes the importance of physical activity, and shows that even a small increase helps people to live longer.