5 Proven (!) Ways to Add Years to Your Life

3. Engaging in regular exercise

Can exercise add years to your life? Yes! Study authors found that 30 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise was enough to keep death at bay. Don’t freak — this doesn’t mean you need to spend all your free time at the gym. Walking at a brisk pace was deemed enough.

The health benefits of exercise can’t be overstated. It’s not just about keeping a healthy weight or feeling good, both of which exercise do. Exercise has been proven to reduce your risk of 13 different types of cancer and chronic diseases. It’s something that, with the right modifications in place, nearly everyone can do anywhere.

Of course, if you’d like to minimize the time you spend exercising while maximizing its benefits, workouts like HIIT and Tabata are your best bets. And don’t skip strength training, which helps build muscle, protect your bones and burn calories long after sessions are over.

Don’t feel confident around dumbbells and machines? Start with these bodyweight exercises instead.

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