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Research shows vigorous exercise is key to good health

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Research shows vigorous exercise is key to living longer!

For people touched by cancer, there are over 50 good research studies showing that light daily exercise (Moderate exercise of about 45 minutes) increases survival times and can even prevent a cancer returning.

The day of ‘going for the burn’ seemed long gone. That is until  a large new study in JAMA Internal Medicine came out.

This study by researchers from James Cook University and the University of Sydney, suggests that vigorous exercise, regardless of body weight or chronic disease status, can reduce early mortality significantly.

The scientists reviewed data tracking over 204,000 participants, 45 and older, for an average of six and a half years. They were divided into three groups: those who engaged in only moderate activity, like leisurely swimming, social tennis, or even household chores; and people whose activity was vigorous (jogging, aerobics, or competitive tennis) up to 30% of the time, or more than 30% of the time. Those who undertook vigorous exercise enjoyed longer life.

Study author Klaus Gebel said his research had shown people who regularly did vigorous exercise were up to 13 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those who did moderate exercise. Even making less than a third of your exercise vigorous was linked to a 9 per cent decreased risk of early death.