Gerontologists feel that if you’re fit mentally and physically you will decline at half percent a year, while unfit people decline at an accelerated two percent per year. What you will find surprising in this article is how little you have to exercise to have a positive effect on longevity. Despite what they say in the article we would highly recommend a mix of endurance training, weight training, high intensity interval training, yoga and pilates. This combination will have a dramatic effect on longevity and quality of life. Weight training is particularly important for women as it slows or prevents osteoporosis.
We thought you would enjoy comparing what the article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine had to say, and what CNBC took away from this piece.
Joint associations of accelero-meter measured physical activity and sedentary time with all-cause mortality: a harmonised meta-analysis in more than 44 000 middle-aged and older individuals | British Journal of Sports Medicine (bmj.com)
There are many opinions for high intensity interval training. Personally, we recommend three minutes of aerobic exercise at your usual pace, followed by one minute as fast as you can go. Repeat this cycle three, and then three minutes at a slow pace to cool down. What is surprising about this is that it works equally well in sedentary people as it does in athletes. I am curious whether it works in athletes just because it’s a disruption from their normal routine, and we respond well to changing our exercise routine otherwise we plateau.