The Slower We Move, The Faster We Die – Say Experts!

Active men are sick less often, recovery time is faster, and their overall physical and mental performance levels are higher when compared with those individuals who are less lively.

Why Bother to Exercise?Regular physical activity, aka exercise, is a topic that never lets up, and for good reasons too. Not only does exercise make us feel and function better as human beings, but middle-aged men who embrace it as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, actually lower their risk of becoming majorly sick in later years a study reveals.

How much Exercise Constitutes ‘Regular Exercise’?

A lot of guys are often put off by the term ‘regular exercise’ thinking that they’ll have to embark on a time consuming, agonizing regime of torture, but it’s not like that at all. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the recommended amount of exercise equates to a minimum of just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

Update: More recent studies suggest that a man can get all the health benefit he needs from exercise with just 3 minutes manic activity a week!

Despite the benefits of physical exercise being echoed over and over by various research groups, many able bodied men and women, particularly those around 50ish, still opt out despite the drawbacks for doing so, and that sad phenomenon is a study all of its own.

No one has to bungee jump off high bridges, skydive out of airplanes, or trek across the Himalayas in order to get back into shape. Those of you that are unfit and out of shape only have to start moving more than you have been in order to improve your physical fitness.

If you would like to read more on the health benefits of exercising at middle-aged, you can view an abstract, or access the original research article here on ‘Physical Activity and Inflammatory Markers Over 10 Years (first published in the Journal ‘Circulation’).

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