FITNESS IN YOUR FORTIES IS KEY
Two new studies have provided further evidence that exercise in middle age can lead to a longer healthier life. In the first study of 51 to 70 year-olds, researchers considered the long-term exercise habits of 315,059 individuals. Those who had worked out consistently since youth were 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease and 14 percent less likely to die of cancer than inactive individuals. Remarkably, those who were previously inactive adults but picked it up in their forties saw the same benefit – they were 43 percent less likely to die of heart disease and 16 percent less likely to die of cancer. The second study focused on the muscle strength of 4681 American adults with an average age of 43. Researchers found those with moderate muscle strength were 32 percent less likely to develop diabetes – interestingly, higher levels of muscle strength didn’t lead to lower risk. Learn more about the association between muscular strength and the risk of type 2 diabetes.