Two recent publications reinforce the benefits of aerobic exercise and provide even more motivation to get out and break a sweat on a daily basis.

The first study, published in JAMA Network Open last week, found that sedentary lifestyles are as harmful to one’s health as having a chronic illness. Over the span of 23 years 122,000 adult patients underwent periodic stress testing to determine the link between mortality and aerobic exercise. The study found that better cardiorespiratory fitness was directly associated with longer life spans and better overall health, with the inverse also being true.

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A review and meta-analysis, published in the journal Depression & Anxiety, looked at the association between aerobic exercise and major depressive disorder (MDD). The results of 11 qualifying studies were examined and it was determined that aerobic exercise had a significant anti-depressant effect and can be considered an effective intervention for MDD and other mental health disorders. Click here to read the abstract.

Look, we all know about the benefits of exercising, but we don’t always stick with it. These studies really highlight the importance of daily movement in living longer and happier lives. Start off slow and find something you like and most importantly stick with it, as consistency is the key to reaping the long-term benefits and safeguarding your health.
 


 

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