A new research study published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal showcased how higher exercise rates can frequently mean lower rates of mortality.
The study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, showed how over 30 years, from 1988 to 2018, the 116,221 adults monitored had to submit reports on their exercise regimes and leisure-time physical activities.
Those in the study who got 150 to 300 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week or 300 to 600 minutes of moderate physical activity were shown to have lower mortality rates.
Vigorous activities included jogging, running, climbing stairs, swimming, aerobics, playing sports, and even outdoor work. Those practicing in those activities were shown to have lower mortality rates between 21% and 23% in all causes of death, including cardiovascular deaths.
Those who exercised for more than 300 minutes per week did not appear to get any additional benefits from their mortality rates for those minutes of exercising above 300 minutes per week.
Those who preferred moderate exercise, including walking, weightlifting, and lower-intensity workouts and exercised up to 299 minutes also had a lower mortality rate of 20 to 21% for all causes of death. Those whose exercise increased to up to 599 minutes had a further lowering of their mortality rates by around 3 to 13 percent.
During the time of observation 47,596 deaths occurred.
One thing that may have skewed the results of the study is that the surveys were collected by the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
The participant’s study group were all in their 60s and no one ate more than 2,000 calories per day. They were also not drinkers or smokers for the most part. In the study 90% of the people were White.
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