It doesn’t matter when you start to exercise as a new study reveals that getting active during middle and older age, even if you were completely inactive before, may help you lengthen your lifespan.
For the study, the researchers from the Cambridge University in the UK examined around 15,000 UK men and women aged between 40 and 79 years for over 20 years. They recorded the level of physical activity of the participants when the study began and then roughly 10 years later. The researchers analysed how many participants died by the end of the study (20 years).
The findings of the study showed that the participants’ whose physical levels of activity had elevated were more likely to have a longer lifespan, regardless of the initial physical activity level they had and other factors such as obesity, diet, cholesterol or blood pressure.
It shows that it is never too late to begin exercising, said Dr. Soren Brage, the co-author of the study from Cambridge University. Regardless of your past physical activity levels, if you manage to boost your activity levels over time, you could increase your longevity and reap the various health benefits, Brage added.