Netherlands scientists have calculated the optimal amount of physical activity that will help to achieve longevity.
Scientists from the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands are studying the relationship between life expectancy, body mass index, and physical activity. For their last study, they used data from a health survey conducted in 1986. This survey covered about 120 thousand people, among whom there were 3,646 men and 4,161 women aged from 68 to 70 years.
Survey participants were divided into the following groups: those who devote physical activity to less than 30 minutes a day, from 30 to 60 minutes, from 60 to 90 minutes or more. Observation of the participants lasted until the age of 90 years.
The researchers found that women who exercised for 30–60 minutes a day lived up to 90 years of age 21% more often than those who dedicated physical activity for less than 30 minutes. It was also noted that the 60-minute classes are the optimal number of loads for women.
For men, the optimal amount of workload was an hour and a half classes: those who did more than 90 minutes a day reached 90 years of age 90% more often than those who did less than half an hour.
The researchers noted that men had a direct linear relationship between life expectancy and the number of daily physical exertion, whereas women who worked more than 60 minutes a day did not have any advantages over those who do exactly one hour.
As = reported earlier, in November 2018, the results of a study by Chinese scientists were presented, showing that even short-term strength training (60 minutes a week) reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases.