Images were released on Tuesday to demonstrate how lack of exercise impacts on people’s faces. Researchers created the images of how three people would look in five years, 10 years and 20 years if they did less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week.
Neck and jowls are the most affected with saggy, loose skin while the forehead and eye area is fatter. Study participant and Mother-of-one, Ms Thomson said: ”I’ve never thought about the damage I could do to my looks further down the line. It’s quite scary to see the difference. ”I know I’m not doing enough at the moment but this has given me a kick to get started. ”I love spending on my hair, make-up and clothes, so it’s about time I invest in the inside as well as the outside.”
Researcher Ross Whitehead said: ”The aim of this study was to highlight that an active lifestyle can benefit appearance, in addition to health.
In a different study on longevity and exercise, researchers from James Cook University followed 204,542 people for more than 6 years and compared participants who engaged in moderate activity such as swimming, social tennis, and chores with those who participated in vigorous activity such as jogging, aerobics, and competitive tennis. (1,2)
Vigorous activity was shown to lower risk for early mortality by 9 to 13 percent.
The research showed that the risk of mortality for those who participated in vigorous activity was 9 to 13 percent lower compared to the moderate activity group. (1,2)
“The results indicate that whether or not you are obese, and whether or not you have heart disease or diabetes, if you can manage some vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity,” said lead author Dr. Klaus Gebel. (2,3,4)
The World Health Organization currently recommends that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Researchers are hoping that these recommendations can change based upon study results. (2,3,4)
The mortality rate was 9 percent lower for participants who reported 30 percent of their activity was vigorous, when compared with those who reported no vigorous activity. For those who reported more than 30 percent vigorous activity, their mortality rate was 13 percent lower. (2,3,4)
Vigorous activity could help avoid preventable deaths by helping fight obesity, heart disease and even diabetes!
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans exercise is shown to provide the following benefits:
- Improves your chances of living longer and living healthier.
- Helps protect you from developing heart disease and stroke or high blood pressure.
- Helps protect you from developing certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial cancer.
- Helps prevent type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- Helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis.
- Reduces the risk of falling and improves cognitive function among older adults.
- Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood.
- Prevents weight gain, promotes weight loss, and helps keep weight off after weight loss.
- Improves heart-lung and muscle fitness.
- Improves sleep. (5)
A 2014 study tested the impact of high intensity interval training on participants’ overall health. Jonathan P. Little, specialists in exercise physiology at University of British Columbia reported, “We know that exercise is good for people at risk of chronic disease, but people tend not to exercise.” The studies results reported that participants find interval training more enjoyable, meaning people will be more likely to have long term success in their exercise. (6,7)
A third study from Denmark found that after 12 weeks of high intensity exercise, participants with type-2 diabetes experienced greater control in blood glucose levels. The study also noticed that participants experienced increased physical fitness and bettered the cardiovascular system by improving blood flow. (7,8)
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