A new study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice made note that regular exercise may reduce the risk of developing numerous physical and mental conditions, such as cancer and dementia.
The study indicated that along with not smoking, consistently participating in physical activity may be viewed as the most beneficial lifestyle choice any person can make in regards to maintaining good health.
Leslie Alford, a professor at the University of East Anglia, studied the research and stated there are a complex mix of factors that make up how long people live and how healthy they are. “Individuals have an element of control over some of these factors, including obesity, diet, smoking and physical activity,” said Alford.
He further explained that the research indicates physical inactivity results in widespread pathophysiological changes to our bodies, noting that the average human does not reach their physical capabilities in a lifetime. “What is clear from the research is that men and women of all ages should be encouraged to be more physically active for the sake of their long-term health,” said Alford.
Exercise can also help people get better life insurance premiums, meaning that those who regularly exercise are typically in better health and therefore less of a risk to insure.