A nice, brisk walk isn’t just good for you….new research shows it could add up to seven years to your life!
A recent study, conducted at Saarland University in Germany, found that people in their 50’s and 60’s who took a brisk daily walk that lasted for at least 25 minutes halved their risk of dying of a heart attack. In addition to buying extra years of health, researchers say that a daily walk can also buy a lot of happiness.
“Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life,” says Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London. “It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia. We may never avoid be-coming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties.”
Researchers also made a point to say you are never too old to start. Someone in their 70’s, who has never exercised before, can still reap the mental and physical health benefits of a brisk daily walk.