Longevity Facts You Should Know
Although aging is inevitable, there are certain
longevity facts that place the keys to living longer within your control.
Among these keys are: exercise, social
interaction, attitude, and touch.
Keys to Living a Longer Life
The extensive volume of longevity facts tells us that the effect of exercise on longevity not only affects mortality rates, but
dictates quality of life.
According to the AMA, the benefits of exercise
are undeniable – such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
cancer, and dementia.
Many recent studies indicate that exercise has a
substantial effect on mortality rates, even at lower dosages. For example, the
Aerobic Center Longitudinal Study of runners found that running only 5 to 10
minutes each day reduced mortality rate, with greater reductions as activity
times were increased.
A CBN 700 Club Report stated the following:
- People who exercise 2 ½ hr. per week (government
guidelines) don’t go far enough according to the Journal of Exercise Medicine
(JAMA). However, they do have a 31% less chance of dying than those who didn’t
- Those who exercise 7 ½ hr. per week had a 39%
less chance of dying than non-exercisers.
- Vigorous exercise adds more years. One-third of
exercise time using strenuous exercise are 9% less likely of dying prematurely
than those who exercise only moderately.
- Those who spent more than one-third of exercise
time on strenuous activity had a 13% reduction in mortality rate.
- Interspersed cardio has benefits tied to
longevity, as well as dramatic effects on all aspects of health.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute,
Harvard University, and other research centers, merged data from six ongoing
health surveys of more than 661,000, mostly middle-aged adults. Comparing death
records over a period of 14 years, they found that people who didn’t exercise were
at the highest risk of premature death. Those who exercised just a little,
lowered their risk of premature death by 20%. Those who tripled the level of
exercise time (a little more than ½ hour per day) were 39% less like to die
prematurely than those who never exercised.
Exercise enhances the function of most bodily organs. For example, improved heart function distributes blood and oxygen throughout the body. This distribution of nutrients at the cellular level has a beneficial effect on body tissue.
Longevity Facts -- Attitude, Social Interaction, and Touch
Positive people live longer.
- A study of 7007 subjects who completed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, with a 40-year follow-up period, revealed that pessimistic individuals had decreased rates of longevity compared with optimistic individuals.
- According to an assessment of 243 centenarians by scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the participants had positive attitudes toward life, were outgoing, optimistic, and
easygoing. The subjects of this assessment considered laughter an important
part of life, and had sizable social networks. Rather than suppress emotions, they expressed
Social interaction is a must.
- Loneliness, apathy, and remaining sedentary
increase mortality rate.
- Living alone or isolated after having a first
heart attack doubles the risk of having a second occurrence within a few
- Single men die years before married men from
cancer and heart attacks.
Don't forget the importance of touching.
Science demonstrates that touch changes the chemical composition of the body. In the 1930s, Dr. Spitz studied babies in nurseries. Those babies not touched by the attending staff became ill and began dying. Babies that were touched demonstrated a rapid decline in illness and mortality rates.
Another finding among premature infants found that those who received 3 massages each day over 10 days gained 47% more weight than preemies who weren’t massaged.
Do Happy People Live Longer?
Based upon the mountains of longevity facts, older people who report feeling happy are 35% less likely to die; and angry men have about four times the mortality rate as happier men.
What are the Keys to Living Longer?
- Exercise regularly.
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Laugh often.
- Stay involved and emotionally connected with other people.
- Express, rather than suppress, your emotions.
- Don't forget the importance of touching.
Remember. How you live the rest of your life is a choice!
It isn't about the number of years you live, but the quality of those years.
Make exercise a lifestyle choice that will improve the quality of your life.
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