Getting regular aerobic exercise has previously been shown to improve our health in many ways. But a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open shows that three types of exercise might be especially helpful in lowering the risk of cancer, heart disease and death. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute collected data on well over 250,000 adults between the ages of 59 and 82. Those who met the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week had a 13 percent lower risk of death from any cause when compared with little or no exercise. Playing racquet sports like tennis or pickleball had the greatest improvement in health and longevity, followed by running and walking. If one of these activities is not for you, find some type of cardiovascular exercise you enjoy and do it on a regular basis.
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