Well, it's not really that much of a secret and you probably could've guessed the answer. But, it's nice to have the science to back up ours thoughts and guesses. This study does exactly that. It looked at over 12,000 ageing men and followed them over a course of 10-13 years. They assessed their physical activity levels at the start and throughout the study to see if there would be any difference. They also noted how many of the me were still alive / healthy as the study progressed to see if there was a link.
The results showed that those men that were more physically active at the start and throughout had a much greater chance of being alive at the end. Those who were less physically active had a lower chance of being alive. The conclusion is therefore that physical activity is at least one key in extending lifespan.
Their recommendations were that over 2 hours of activity in a week was probably best for extended health and fitness. Bearing in mind these men were of the age where they likely didn't work long hours it's absolutely achievable to hit that amount of exercise per week.
Other things to bear in mind are the way that more physically active people live their lives. It's likely that they took more care with their nutrition and other aspects of their lifestyle too. Although this wasn't measured we believe it's not a stretch to presume it is likely to have a made a difference too.
So there you have it. The key to eternal youth is exercise! So get out the and start exercising, or continue if you already do. We can already hear people complaining about pain and joint problems associated with old age. Exercise and help can prevent this occurring and can help fix it - speak to us for some help!