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NIH Study Finds Leisure-Time Physical Activity Extends Life Expectancy As Much As 4.5 Years

Biking ElsewhereBethesda, Maryland--(ENEWSPF)--November 7, 2012. Leisure-time physical activity is associated with longer life expectancy, even at relatively low levels of activity and regardless of body weight, according to a study by a team of researchers led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, which found that people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years, appeared Nov. 6, 2012, in PLoS Medicine.
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This bar graph displays the years of life gained when participants met various percentages of HHS guidelines for physical activity. 50% = 1.8 years. 100% = 3.4 years. 200% = 4.2 years. 300% = 4.5 years.

Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy body weight, maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, promote psychological well-being, and reduce the risk of certain diseases, including some cancers.

"We must not underestimate how important physical activity is for health
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http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/38129-nih-study-finds-leisure-time-physical-activity-extends-life-expectancy-as-much-as-45-years.html

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