A brisk 25-minute walk a day adds seven years to your life, according to scientists. As per a new research regular exercise can cut the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.
Even people who don’t begin exercising until they are in their 70s can still improve their health, as per academics behind the study.
A brisk 25-minute walk a day adds seven years to your life, scientists assert (file picture)
Sanjay Sharma, professor of cardiac diseases at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, opines light exercise can cut down the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.
‘This study is very relevant. It suggests that when people exercise regularly they may be able to retard the process of ageing,’ he said.
‘We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our 90s.
‘Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an anti-depressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.’
Sanjay Sharma recommends everyone need to be doing at least between 20 and 25 minutes of walking a day, involving brisk walking or slow jogging.
‘If you know that something is 20 minutes away, try and walk it if you’ve got time and not take the bus,’ he added.
‘People with a heart condition shouldn’t run but walk to a point where they can still speak – but they shouldn’t be able to sing. Following these simple directions is essential considering our sedentary lifestyles.’
According to him regardless of age or condition exercise will bring benefits to everyone.
As per the latest research regular exercise, like walking, can cut the risk of dying from a heart attack by half
70 years old people who incorporate exercising in their daily routine, are less likely to go on to develop atrialfibrillation, a heart rhythm condition that affects about 10 per cent of people over 80.
The research was undertaken by a team at Saarland University in Germany, who introduced a set of non-exercising but otherwise healthy and non-smoking people to a programme of exercise
It demonstrated that aerobic exercise, high intensity interval training as well as strength training have a positive impact on markers of ageing.
The authors discovered endurance exercise and high intensity exercise to be more efficient at attaining good health than only lifting weights, and increase the likelihood of triggering the anti-ageing process.
Christi Deaton, professor at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, said: ‘The more active you are, and it doesn’t matter when you start, the more benefit you are going to have.
‘We recommend people who have cardiovascular disease or had myocardial infarction or heart failure to be physically active, because it’s beneficial for them; so there’s really no reason for healthy people not to exercise as well.
‘The study brings a bit more understanding of why physical activity has that effect.
‘It helps us understand the process of cellular ageing as that’s what drives our organ system and body ageing and the effects physical activity can have on the cellular level.’