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Scientific studies have proved that regular exercise can make you live longer. A US study of Harvard graduates revealed that men who burned 2,000 calories or more per week by walking, jogging, climbing stairs or playing sports lived on average one or two years more than those who burned under 500 calories a week through exercise.
Regular exercise can not only make you live longer, it can also help you to live independently to an older age, and give you a better quality of life. Exercise builds your body's strength and endurance, and therefore makes daily tasks such as shopping for food, housework or gardening less strenuous, and can protect you from various illnesses.
Here are some of the ways in which exercise can help you live longer:
- Reduces your risk of developing many health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high-cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
- Keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible, allowing you to move more easily and avoid injury.
- Reduces the effects of aging.
- Increase your mental well-being and help treat depression.
- Relieve stress and anxiety.
There are also life-style benefits that come with exercising regularly:
- More energy and endurance.
- Helps you to sleep better at night.
- Helps maintain your appropriate body weight, by increasing your metabolism, the rate at which you burn calories.
- Improves physical appearance.
- Increases self-confidence
However you choose to exercise, whether you go for a walk in the park or a workout in the gym, you'll feel the benefits for the rest of your life.