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    Olympic Secret to Longevity: Don't Over-Exercise!
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    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
    Hi everyone. This just in from two new studies looking at how long Olympic medalists live. There's happy news to share. They studied men and women over the years after their Olympic performances to find out which kinds of sports seemed to improve lifespan. Lo and behold, you do not have to run marathons, live in a gym or spend hours each day to live long and well. The studies showed that big time high intensity competitive activity was no better than less strenuous sports at increasing lifespan.

    What does this mean to you? Research is now pointing to the recommendation that the consistent and regular practice of moderate intensity physical activity (like walking) is a critical lifestyle behavior contributing to health and longevity. This means incorporating more assuming the vertical (yep, get out of your chair) throughout the day and moving (walking, stairs) more is important. Combine that with scheduled time (30-45 mins) of deliberate cardio like walking/biking/rowing/swimming (add some intervals of intensity like picking up the pace, hitting that hill/incline) really helps to build a strong base of endurance and cardio health.

    So take heart! Hit it today and stay on track with doable, practical and realistic moderate physical activity.

    You can do this!

    Dr. Peeke
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