Employees at your company exercise regularly, sweating their way to more years of living and a better
quality of life in those years, which you hope will also lower your firm's healthcare costs. Just how many years are they adding to their lives?
Researchers have the answer, and it may surprise you.
Oscar H. Franco of the Erasmus M.C. University Medical Center and a team of
researchers found that those who engage in high levels of exercise, such as
running for 30 minutes on five days a week, live about 3.5 to 3.7 years longer
than those with low levels of activity, the Washington Post reports.
Those with moderate levels of exercise, such as walking for 30 minutes on five
days a week, live about 1.3 to 1.5 years longer than those who engage in less
activity, according to the study.
The researchers based their study on data from a heart study that has followed
5,209 residents of Framingham, Massachusetts, for more than 40 years.
"This shows that physical activity really does make a difference--not
only for how long you live but for how long you live a healthy life," says
Franco. "Being more physically active can give you more time."
Franco tells the newspaper that that even people who begin exercising later
in life see positive effects.