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How much exercise should we do to improve our quality of life?

Taking into account that life expectancy until very recently was around 30 years, with infant mortality approaching 50%, the human being was used to living accompanied by death. Today, thanks to advances in medicine and technology, the life of the human being has been lengthened in an unequaled way, so it is normal to find people who reach 90 years without too many difficulties. But, pTo increase our chances of a long and prosperous life, we should probably take at least 7,000 steps a day or do sports like tennis, cycling or badminton for around 2.5 hours a weekaccording to two studies that shed some light on the relationship between physical activity and longevity.

These studies, which collectively they followed more than 10,000 men and women over several decades, show that certain physical activities in adequate amounts reduce the risk of premature death by up to 70%. Although they also suggest that, when it comes to longevity, there may be a maximum limit in terms of benefits, and exceeding that threshold most likely does not add years to our lives, it could even be detrimental. Several investigations suggest that human beings who participate in sports on a regular basis live longer than those who rarely engage in physical activity. A study conducted in 2018 by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concluded that about 10% of deaths among Americans ages 40 to 70 are the result of insufficient physical activity. Another study, this time European, held in 2019, ruled that not playing sports for 20 years doubled Norwegians’ risk of dying young. Even with these results, the scientists had not been able to determine whether the amount of physical activity could be related to greater longevity. Those issues lie at the heart of two new studies examining the relationship between physical activity and longevity from angles that, while different, are intertwined.

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