It is official, it has been discovered that exercise, weight and height are factors that may affect how old you live up to. For us females, it has been found that an hour of physical activity each day was associated with the highest chance of living a longer life, but the odd thing here is that exercising any more than an hour doesn’t add to that percentage. To get into greater detail, women who fulfilled around 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day were 21% more likely to reach the ripe old age of 90 than those who exercised for about 30 minutes or lesser. Another statistic is that our body sizes also affected how likely it would be for us to reach the age of 90. It was found that ladies who were over 1.75m had a higher likelihood of reaching the ripe old age of 90 than those who were around 1.6m. What all that stats does for us is to confirm what we already know. While we can’t exactly change how tall we are, a more active lifestyle would help see us through to an older age.
The Need For Exercise
There is no need for doubt. What we already know is that there is a strong relationship between our body mass index, also known as BMI, and our lifespan. Someone with a higher BMI would be less likely to reach old age and there have even been studies that showed that a morbidly obese person with a BMI of 40 would have 10 years shaved off his or her life. Even if you do not weigh heavy on the weighing scale, another thing that we might not notice is how we might be privy to disease because of our sedentary lifestyle. People who may find themselves within a healthy weight range might find themselves at the back of heart or lung disease due to the lack of an active lifestyle.
Incorporation Of Exercise
The thing about exercise is that it doesn’t have to be extremely rigorous since it could easily be from anything like walking for 15 minutes each day. Something that you could do for yourself is to start slow and to go progressively. For those who find exercise difficult, start small with 15 minutes of moderate intensity before increasing that duration to 20 minutes and beyond. Over time, you will start seeing your body reacting to the changes and you would be more capable of more.
If you are one of those with a packed schedule, that 30 minutes spent working out on the treadmill and the subsequent time needed to clean up and change might deter you from exercising. What you can do to incorporate little bits of exercise is to include them into your daily lifestyle. Taking the stairs over the elevator could be one of those ways you could add a bit of exercise into your life — try substituting your comfortable trip up in the elevator with the stairs on the way down to lunch. There are plenty of reasons to make the switch, it has been found that climbing stairs burn as many calories as compared to jogging and that would certainly help us with maintaining a more comfortable BMI value. If you are worried about the uncomfortable sweating that might occur following that, do it on the way back home or just before you go for lunch so you can cool off.
Another thing you could do is to start walking more. Something you need to remember is that the little things do add up. Try stopping at a train station or bus stop early before your destination and walk to your next stop or you could go to a place further for lunch. It might add on a few minutes to your daily commute but you can breathe easy at night knowing that you are getting some form of exercise in your life.
Watching Our Diet
Because of how a BMI is based on our weight, we need to also be mindful of what we are putting into our temple of a body. As mentioned earlier, those who had a much higher BMI were more likely to have a shorter lifespan as compared to others. To avoid going down that route, we should not downplay the importance of a balanced diet. Because of how 90% of weight loss is due to our diet, we have to watch the amount of food and the type of food that we are consuming. Sorry to burst your bubble but exercise alone would not lead to weight loss unless it is paired well with diet.
If we are not careful, we could very easily fall down the path of an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many distractions out there that might pull us away from the right path like the convenience of fast food and even our laziness. While everyone has their own set of formula to a healthy lifestyle, what you need to be doing is to start taking that first step and start building from there.