Americans are living longer, thanks to advances that help increase life expectancy. This is causing a problem though. Middle aged Americans are not the healthiest, so the greater our life expectancy, the greater this age group lives. Since they are not at the same level of health, any diseases or chronic illness have to be dealt with for longer. This can be helped though. Researchers have found that exercising daily can cut the risk of dying by a significant amount. The exercise can be as simple as walking 20 – 30 mins, a few times a week. So if you or a loved one are middle aged, time to get off the couch and get some fresh air. It will help and you won’t have to stress so much.
- The average adult, American can look forward to living for 30 more years than their 1900 counterpart, but the possibility living with a persistent illness remains high.
- Study shows Americans that were fitter in their middle years, could put of the inception of many ‘old age’ illnesses, like diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
- Nearly 20,000 subjects, Cooper Clinic, patients, in their middle years, were followed to give researchers a sense of how physical activity affects aging.
“The benefits of exercise and becoming more fit in one’s 60s or afterwards has been established, and many elderly people have been able to slow or to some extent reverse the progress of their chronic diseases by adding more gentle exercise to their daily routines.”