Have I posted this before?
These are the calculations of Alan Durning whose family spent a year of living without a car. From Car-less living can add years to your life:
“Just so, walking doesnt consume time, for different reasons. In fact, walking creates time…walking gives you time you wouldnt otherwise have at all. Walking makes you live longer…The largest ever study of the subject found that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, adds 1.3-1.5 years to your life, on average.”
He goes on to calculate the three minutes for every one minute of walking. A great figure, to be sure, but the benefits are quite a bit deeper than that. He took his figures from a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine. From a Seattle Times article:
The findings show that even for people who are already middle-age, exercising more can add years to their lives, Franco said. “This shows it’s never too late to start following a healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to start exercising.”
“The findings show that even for people who are already middle-age, exercising more can add years to their lives, Franco said. “This shows it’s never too late to start following a healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to start exercising.
Previous studies have found that being physically active has a host of health benefits. It reduces the risk of being overweight and of developing many illnesses, improves overall quality of life and lowers the mortality rate. But the new study is the first to directly calculate the effect on how long people live.
In addition, recent studies have found that exercise has payoffs for the mind, too. It has been shown to improve overall well-being, reduce stress and depression and cut the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, several experts said.
“The benefits of physical activity extend well beyond the effects on longevity,” said JoAnn Manson of Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Read the article in the Seattle Times: