Exercise your life long

Older men who regularly exercise are likely to live longer than those who don’t

Older men who regularly engage in physical activity tend to live longer than their sedentary peers—up to five years longer, a study finds.

The study, conducted by the Oslo University Hospital, analyzed 5,700 men ages 68 to 77 living in Norway, finding that those who exercised just three hours a week lived about five years longer than inactive men, according to BBC News. And men who put in the equivalent of six, 30-minute exercise sessions of any intensity were 40 percent less likely to die over the 11-year study period.

The report did not take into consideration how active the participants were earlier in their lives. It also found that physical activity was as “beneficial as smoking cessation.”