Cardiorespiratory fitness is an indicator of longer life

Whether you’re a group exercise instructor, weekend warrior, elite athlete, age grouper, hobby cyclists or exercise in any form can contribute to a longer life. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (October, 2018) found, cardiorespiratory fitness increases the long-term mortality.

This study investigated the effect of cardiorespiratory fitness and long-term mortality by looking at the data from over 120,000 patients (average age of 53) between the year 1994 and 2014. The outcome of this study indicated, cardiovascular fitness is correlated to longer living.

Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and elite athletes were the most likely to live longer. Elites demonstrated an 80 percent reduction in mortality.

Engaging in high levels of aerobic exercise is also beneficial to older adults and those with hypertension.

This study concluded, cardiorespiratory fitness is increasing life spans and health care professionals should encourage patients to achieve and maintain high levels of fitness.

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