A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology has found that just 25 minutes of walking per day could increase one’s lifespan and reduce aging. Study researcher, Sanjay Sharma, who described exercise as an antidepressant that can improve cognitive function and retard the onset of dementia, added that physical activity can add between three to seven years of life.
For the study, researchers from Saarland University in Germany placed men and women between 30 and 60 years old on a staged exercise program. The participants were not regular exercisers but they did not smoke and were considered healthy. The researchers then tracked the key markers of ageing in the participants’ blood and found that in just a period of six month, there were changes in their body that help repair the DNA.
Study researcher Sanjay Sharma, from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, said that exercising moderately could reduce risks of death from heart attack by up to 50 percent when one is in his or her 50s and 60′s, which can be considered a big deal. Those who start to exercise at age 70 likewise have reduced risks for atrial fibrillation, a rhythm disturbance affecting about 10 percent of people who are over 80 years old.