Exercise does not necessarily guarantee a longer life, it could even accelerate aging, according to study

The result of recent research on the benefits of physical exercise has perplexed more than one: contrary to what has been a long-established truth, exercising may not be the path to longevity.

Worse yet, having an exercise regimen, the study revealed – cited by the New York Post – could even accelerate the aging process.

The results reached by Scandinavian scientists have not yet been reviewed by other experts.

However, his research, which spanned 45 years, was awarded a national sports medicine award in Finland.

Physical exercise has long been associated with health.Getty Images

The conclusions reached by this group of scientists contradict the conclusions of probably all previous research on the subject.

These were, in general, the guidelines of the study: more than 11,000 Finnish twins of the same sex were analyzed between 1975 and 2020; Those who participated in the research reported on the time and intensity of their physical activity, and were classified under four categories: sedentary, moderately active, active and very active.

The conclusion: People who exercised less were 20% more likely to die at age 45 than those who exercised regularly. However, when other factors such as body mass index and tobacco and alcohol consumption were evaluated, That number dropped significantly.reported the New York Post.

The reduction was such that the sedentary group ended up being only 7% more likely to die than those who had been placed under the active group.

But what was interesting, the scientists said, was that higher levels of exercise did not appear to have “any additional benefit.”

The difference, then, they concluded, was not in physical activity but in live a healthier life. And aging occurred in both groups in the same way, without physical activity representing a notable difference.

However, according to the World Health Organization, adults ages 18 to 64 should engage in 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense aerobic physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week for intrinsic benefits. to health.