‘Every hour you exercise, 2 hours adds to your life expectancy’

The New Zealand Heart Foundation claims, “For each hour of regular exercise you get, you’ll gain about two hours of additional life expectancy, even if you don’t start until middle age.” Want to live longer? Jump on those treadmills, guys.

Does your exercise regime only include running away from the doctors? You are putting your health at risk by not keeping an active lifestyle and getting checked to see how you are going. The Foundation believes performing as little as 30 minutes of exercise can reduce your risk of a heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Whether you are time-short with your occupation or at home with children, our modern day lifestyle, unfortunately, is all about doing more and decreasing our down time. However, our health must be our first priority. It is not something that should be filed to the back of our minds. If we keep delaying time to exercise, our deadline can approach faster than anticipated.

What type of exercise?

The Heart Foundation focuses on regular or moderate exercise as its basis for its statistics. Walking, running, resistance training, soft stretching and swimming are the best recommendations to keeping active. Even subliminal exercising such as gardening can increase your level of movement.

How to get moving?

There is no one way to approach keeping active. The most effective way could be by joining a local gym, where professionals can guide you and provide you with exercise programs that suit you. This way you can develop a stamina quickly by using a combination of cardio and weight training, promoting weight loss and also improving your self-esteem.

Another way to start moving is by walking for 30 minutes a day. Walking is an easy way to exercise and is not too strenuous on the body. It allows you to get some fresh air and clear your head with new scenery. It is not often that we get to enjoy the outdoors anymore, so this could be the best option if you are looking for an easy change.

If you like more of the ‘exercise without knowing it is exercise’ approach, try taking up a new sport or activity. There is always room at local sporting clubs for adult beginners such as squash, rowing, golf, football, cricket, basketball, soccer and more. You don’t have to be an Olympian to keep fit—but having fun while moving is a great start to achieving your own good health and happiness!

Try working out an extra 60 minutes and live an extra two hours longer each time. Imagine how many hours you add to your life with that bit of exercise!