Moderate Exercise Greatly Extends Lifespan

(NaturalNews) A moderate increase in fitness level can decrease a man’s risk of dying by between 50 and 70 percent, according to a study conducted by the Exercise Testing and Research Lab at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, and published in the journal Circulation.

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“It is important to emphasize that it takes relatively moderate levels of physical activity – like brisk walking – to attain the associated health benefits,” said researcher Peter Kokkinos. “Certainly, one does not need to be a marathon runner. This is the message that we need to convey to the public.”

Researchers studied more than 15,000 male U.S. veterans, 6,749 black and 8,911 white. The men had been given standardized treadmill tests, in which they were encouraged to walk until they were tired, then monitored for an average of 7.5 years each.

Depending on their treadmill test performance, the men were classified as “low fit,” “moderately fit,” “highly fit” or “very highly fit.” Compared with men in the “low fit” category, men in the “highly fit” category had a 50 percent lower risk of death during the study period, while men in the “very highly fit” category had a 70 percent lower risk of death.

During the study period, 44 percent of the “low fit” men died, compared with 30 percent of the “moderately fit” men, 15 percent of the “highly fit” and 8 percent of the “very highly fit.”

According to Kokkinos, moving from “low fit” to “highly fit” would not be hard to achieve.

“All you need is between two and three hours of brisk walking a week. You can spread that out between four and six days a week,” he said.

Achieving “very highly fit” would take only 30 minutes of brisk walking, five or six days a week, for several months.

The study is one of the largest to date that shows a link between exercise and longer life.

Monday, August 11, 2008 by: David Gutierrez

Source: Natural News

3 thoughts on “Moderate Exercise Greatly Extends Lifespan

  1. Hi David,

    I am very interested in this article and your suggestion to practice the Five Tibetan Rites. I have practiced them for many years for this very reason – and came to them by listening to the needs of my body.

    However if I may respectfully suggest, the original method is not always suitable for people who have natural, aging related degeneration of the spine and joints – or for those with a history of back/neck injury. Also those with muscular imbalances or weakness should proceed with caution. The reason for this is the original method as described in any of Peter Kelder’s books (Fountain of Youth, Eye of Revelation) is a wonderful tale introducing these powerful movements, but as a teaching aid leaves quite a bit to be desired. There are limited instructions and only 2 or 3 photos per movement.

    I learnt from a teacher of the Rites and then taught them myself using the original material. I noticed a pattern of lower back and neck pain occurring in a similar percentage of people per workshop and took the routine to a number of health practitioners (physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, occupational health, Pilates NY, Feldenkrais and Iyengar yoga). With their input and the experimentation in the living laboratory of my classrooms I was able to super-charge the original movements whilst maintaining their integrity. The changes involve the introduction of core stability and a build-up step-by-step process that builds strength from the inside out. All the common problems and solutions are identified and explained as it is important to know what NOT to do as well as what to do.

    If your readers want a safer and more powerful way of doing the Rites, that still only takes around 10-15 mins per day, then they can check my website http://www.T5T.com – where they can get information or buy books, dvd etc. They can also obtain a free poster of the movements on http://www.t5t.com/downloads/POSTER-T5T-The-Five-Tibetan-Rites.pdf

    Finally there is an article I have written from my experience of teaching thousands of students called “Are The Five Tibetan Rites for You”? http://www.t5t.com/articles.cfm?Content_ID=94

    There is no doubt these movements and the breathing stimulate the circulatory system, nervous and lymphatic system. They increase strength, flexibility and most marvelous of all – additional energy and a calm mind.

    All the best

  2. Hi Carolinda,

    Thank you for your comment. I am not David. I have just posted this interesting article and I added the recommended material, so that everybody that is interested in this article can find out that there is much more to life.
    I have been practicing Tai Chi and Qi Gong for many years and I have learned it from teachers that can do the miraculous.
    Everybody can learn to do that and there are many great teachers out there.
    I am also doing the “Five Tibetan Rites” every day.
    Yes it is very beneficial to have a teacher that corrects your body structure whilst you are learning these great exercises.
    The body follows the mind and so it is not the exercises that transform the body, although these ancient exercises are carefully chosen to activate the 7 seals and to adjust the free flow of chi throughout the meridian system in the human body. It is the focus you put into your disciplines that transforms the body and that focus is building the neuronet of immortality in the brain and to build that neuronet you have to do it every day. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
    That is not different from building a neuronet for driving a car. It is just easier to accept that you can learn to drive a car because everybody can do it.
    It is far more difficult to accept that you can see without eyes, that you can heal yourself and others in a moment or that you can achieve immortality but once the neuronet has been built by you it is nothing special to you anymore.
    It is common thought.
    After having read the first three volumes of “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East” everybody would have an idea of what is possible and would view this life very different. (Maybe people are afraid to read this books because they think that they are dedicated to a guru, sect, cult or religion. None of that.)

    And when the student is ready the master appears.

    – The Infinite Unknown

  3. I was able to cure my continual back ache as a result of starting Tai Chi. A good area of Tai Chi is body structure and alignment however, you do must get a good teacher who is familiar with their stuff otherwise you end up merely carrying out meaningless routines.

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