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How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

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  • Your diet accounts for about 80 percent of the benefits you’ll reap from a healthy lifestyle, but even if you're eating right, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health
  • Recent research found that, compared to those who exercised daily, and often vigorously, sedentary people had a six times greater risk of dying from heart disease over the course of 15 years
  • Intermittent movement is equally critical. Chronic, undisrupted sitting—even if you maintain a regular fitness program—has been found to be an independent risk factor for premature death
  • Physical activity also produces biochemical changes that strengthen and renew your brain—particularly areas associated with memory and learning
  • One recent study found that those who had greater cardiorespiratory fitness in their teens and 20s scored better on cognitive tests in their mid-40s and 50s

By Dr. Mercola

One of the key things you can do to extend not only the quantity of your years, but also the quality, is to make a few simple changes to your lifestyle. One of the most important changes is regulating your insulin and leptin levels through diet and exercise.


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