According to the latest research, we should be ditching our oyster cards and cars and walking to work every day as apparently walking can extend your life. By up to seven years!
All you need to do, the experts say, is walk for around 25 minutes a day. But it should be brisk walking or jogging, not strolling. Get that body moving.
Researchers from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress have reported the excellent benefits of regular walking , especially for those with diabetes or who are overweight.
In the UK, coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer. One death by the disease occurs every seven seconds on average. That’s 73,000 deaths a year. It’s a disease which can be avoided and largely occurs due to diet and fitness.
The new study at Saarland University in Germany took a group of 69 healthy non-smokers, between the ages of 30 and 60, who admitted they did not exercise regularly.
The researchers did regular blood tests on the participants during a six-month period of regular aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training and strength training. The results showed that an anti-ageing process had been triggered and helped repair old DNA.
Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London told the Independent,“This suggests that when people exercise regularly, they may be able to retard the process of ageing.”
“We may never avoid be-coming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties.
“Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.”
The researchers advise everyone should do at least 20 minutes of walking or jogging a day, no matter age. In fact, research has shown that [eople who start exercising at the age of 70 are less likely to go on to develop a condition that leads to irregular or racing heart rates in 10 per cent of people aged over 80.
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Story source: The Independent