There’s a simple test that can let you know if you’re at risk for premature death from heart disease, cancer and other causes.
We all know that exercise is good for you. A recent study shows that people who are able to perform high levels of physical exertion had less chance of dying early of any cause. The study participants use sophisticated equipment but Dr. Jesús Peteiro, the study author and a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruña in A Coruña, Spain says that there’s a much easier method to check your exercise capacity in a similar way. See if you can climb four flights of stairs at a fast pace — in under a minute — without having to stop.
The doctor says that physical activity has positive effect on blood pressure and cholesterol. Exercise reduces inflammation and improves the body’s immune response to cancer.
In this longitudinal study, people with poor functional capacity (couldn’t do the stairs), the death rate from heart disease was almost three times higher and cancer deaths were almost double compared to participants who had good exercise capacity.
What to do?!
Well, the article recommends that you spend at least 30 minutes a day in exercise that leaves you breathless. They say not to work out so hard that you pass out but that you get warmed up and short of breath for at least 30 minutes. If you can’t do 30 minutes straight through, stop as you need to and then keep going. Keep building from there!