Recently, a new study came out that actually quantified the life extension benefits
of regular exercise.
The study determined that regular exercise, which they defined as “doing a little
something every day”, can add as many as four years to your life.
Now, four years may not sound like much to a lot of us. But when I ran this by my
parents (who are in their early seventies), they thought it sounded pretty darn good.
The key for them: these are four healthy years that are added. No one wants to
live longer yet be incapacitated, either physically or mentally.
But adding four years of active, productive living is very meaningful. Think how many
things you could do, or how many moments you could enjoy, in four years.
Engaging in a more active lifestyle today helps you on two fronts. First, you’re more
healthy, feel better, and enjoy life more today. Second, you’ll enjoy more life and
better living when you get older.
I harp on this a lot in my tips because I know many adults have either drastically
reduced their activity levels, or given up on exercise altogether.
The reasons may vary from person to person, but they often include things like:
no time; no energy; had an injury and stopped; don’t know how; etc, etc.
I know this because I’ve used some of these same excuses myself.
I learned the hard way that this is about the worst thing you can do. Maintaining
activities and at least some exercise on a regular basis is one of the keys to
maintaining, even enhancing your energy levels.
It also helps you be more productive. If you devote just 15 to 30 minutes for
exercise, you can add as much as two additional hours of productivity to your day.
Here’s another fact to consider: as you get older, you have to continually work on
building and maintaining your vital capacity, the ability of your lungs and heart to
do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
Vital capacity naturally diminishes as you get older, unless you do something
about it. If you’ve been inactive for any length of time, you have even more incentive
to build yourself up, because you’re starting from a lower level.
From my experience training clients, I’ve found out that many people shy away from
conventional exercise programs. They think they are in such bad shape that they
will injure themselves, or not be able to perform at a decent level.
They also sometimes dread the thought of working out at a gym. They think everyone
else will be in shape. They worry that they will not know which exercises to do
or how to use the machines or weights.
If you think you’re not yet capable of conventional exercise…OR if you are intelligent
enough to know you should start out slow….you can get started today with the
exercises in the Secret Power of Dynamic Energy Exercise Course, Volume 1.
The exercises in this course open up the breathing spaces of the body. They stretch,
extend and work out all the kinks along your entire spine, a critical source of energy.
And they help you easily and effortlessly loosen up your body, from calf to neck.
They’re easy to learn and do. All it takes is a few minutes per day, and you’ll start to
feel like a new person within a few days.
Performing the movements regularly provides an excellent way to prepare your body
and “re-introduce” yourself to exercising.
Whatever you do, the important thing is to get moving, even if it’s only for 15 or
20 minutes each day. Build some type of activity into your daily routine. Within
a few days, you’ll feel better, have more energy, and enjoy a more positive outlook.
For even more incentive, remind yourself that you are also giving yourself more
years of life.
You Can Do It!
Karen Van Ness
P.S. Even if all you can do is walk around the house a few times, get busy and
get going. Remember Newton’s Law: “A body in motion tends to stay in motion.
A body at rest tends to stay at rest.” If you take the first few steps, you’ll be amazed
at how quickly you can overcome inertia and gain momentum.
Copyright Karen Van Ness 2010
10 thoughts on “How to Extend Your Life”
It is so easy to just do a few minutes of exercise everyday and still, sometimes we become lazy at it. I think 4 extra years of healthy life is really worth it.
After having read Newton’s Law I think I understand myself better! Thanks!
My aunt & uncle who are in their late 70’s still stay active by doing a lot of walking. So, I agree 100% with your advice to just keep active even if you feel you aren’t healthy enough to go to a gym and workout. Just start by doing what you can—breathing correctly (deeply) and walking.
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What an excellent reminder. Not only that we can extend our lives but just as your parents stressed, those are 4 healthier life years. That is surely worthwhile. The Law of Physics is so apt when applied to a number of fields.
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Great article Karen.
We all need to realize that just taking some action every day is so beneficial. We can’t all be body builders but we can sure as heck get out and walk for 30 minutes.
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People at rest (sit at a computer all day) get exhausted from lack of movement. What they don’t understand is that any exercise will give them more energy. Four additional years of healthy living is so worth the small amount of exercise needed to get there.
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Dr. Wendy M. Schauer, D.C., R.K.C.
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I agree with you that having four extra years of life is well-worth the extra effort of doing exercise now….
However, I have to disagree with you on the fact that these years must or should be incapacitated-free. Life in and of itself is precious – whether we are active or incapacitated. My mom is incapacitated, but her serene, smiling, prayerful, although suffering, presence is uplifting and edifying to all who meet her.
Our modern societies, like the ancient Spartans and certain modern totalitarian cultures, emphasize activity and productivity to the determint of the sheer wonder and joy of existence. Life is worth living because it’s life – not because it’s active or productive.
Being alive, even incapacitated, is a blessing and a gift which can enrich the person him/herself, as well as all who come in contact with that person because the blessing of our lives comes from within – from who we are and from how we handle the worse the comes our way. This peace and blessing then radiates out to all we meet.
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Four extra years of healthy life sounds good to me.This should serve as a good motivator to get a regular amount of exercise done,everyday.
It’s hard to imagine that the benefit isn’t worth the investment.
My wife and I try to walk everyday…you have to get out and do something…
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Karen whn you teach people how to breath corretly do you always combine that with exercise?