When you’re not exercising, you are more likely than other people to die young and have fewer healthy years, a study suggests.
The research, led by Harvard Medical School’s Elizabeth W. Brownell, finds that the exercise that people do in the hours and days before they get sick or have an infection, and then get their blood tested, makes a difference.
It also helps them live longer.
It’s one of the few studies that examines how exercise affects health, but it doesn’t seem to have been widely studied in the past.
The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and found that exercise was associated with fewer deaths, fewer infections, fewer illnesses, fewer premature deaths, and less disability, even after controlling for age, sex, race, education, marital status, socioeconomic status, tobacco use, alcohol use, physical activity, and physical activity level.
Exercise is also associated with lower rates of some chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
This suggests that exercise might protect people from many of the common diseases, the researchers said.
“People who exercise regularly are more fit and healthier than those who don’t, so this study makes a powerful case that people who exercise, especially when they do it in the middle of the day, should get adequate exercise and keep it up for life,” Brownell said.
Researchers say exercise might be even more beneficial than other activities for people with high blood pressure.
The study also found that physical activity was associated, even among people who are not currently overweight, with fewer infections and less health problems.
In other words, people who get enough exercise to stay healthy have less risk of contracting a chronic disease, which might help explain why they are healthier than other Americans.
A lot of the research on exercise is focused on people who live in urban environments, but Brownell and colleagues say there is evidence that exercise can be beneficial for people living in rural areas.
“There is increasing evidence that physical exercise is associated with reduced health disparities, lower rates and mortality from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease,” the researchers wrote.
“In addition, a large, long-term randomized controlled trial in Australia found that regular physical activity reduced both the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.”
The authors of the new study are now working to do a larger study on the effects of exercise in rural communities.
But the researchers did find that exercise may actually help protect against certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
This is one of many reasons to exercise, they wrote.
If you want to get healthier, don’t just do it at work, but at home and in the yard and on the bike or scooter.