Health Notes: Exercise prolongs life for anyone; walking after meals reduces risk of heart problems

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In SNEWS Health Notes, an occasional series, we take a look at recent research that is pertinent to your business and explain it in a way that makes sense. If you have suggestions or comments, let us know by emailing snewsbox@snewsnet.com.

>>Exercise prolongs life for everybody, even obese

All it takes is 2.5 hours a week of moderate intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, to increase a person’s lifespan – even those with a body-mass index of 35 and above.

According to the study's researchers, people who walked for 450 minutes, or about 7.5 hours, a week added 4.5 years of life, no matter whether their body-mass index is normal, overweight and obese.

The study had what one doctor called an “enormous scale” as it pulled data from six major study populations that studied more than 630,000 people therefore it was extremely conclusive.

The study also concluded this amount of exercise can offset some of the longevity loss that comes with tobacco use or a history of cancer or heart disease.

The study also said that even those with healthy BMIs who didn’t get this amount of exercise a week were likely to decrease their life spans because of the lack of exercise.

So what? Some of your customers, and potential customers, don’t know whether exercise could help them, but exercise can help everybody and walking is the easiest type of exercise people can do. All it takes is 2.5 hours of brisk walking a week to start to increase a person’s lifespan, and anything above that increases lifespan even further. The point: Anything helps.

For the scientifically minded: For a free abstract click here

>>Fatty meals may not have such negative effect if followed by exercise

This news isn’t an excuse for your customers to eat fatty meals all the time, but researchers from Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan have found that the negative effects of a fatty meal are lessened if a person engages in walking and light resistance training after the meal.

The study, which was recently published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. showed that going for a brisk walk after a fatty meal may accelerate the rate at which the body uses fat, reducing triglyceride levels, lowering the risk of heart disease and other heart problems.

Normally after a high-fat meal, triglyceride levels are increased, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease.

So what? Engaging in the occasional high-fat meal isn’t the end of the healthy world for your customers, but just let them know that there are risks associated with indulging and then staying put. This is a great opportunity to sell resistance bands and other walking accessories like wrist weights or pedometers.

For the scientifically minded: Find the study results here.

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