Does Exercise Increase Longevity?

Doing a few hours of exercise every week will probably help you live longer.

JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun;175(6):959-67. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0533.Leisure time physical activity and mortality: a detailed pooled analysis of the dose-response relationship.

Study size: 660,000 people ages 21 to 98.

People who got some exercise, but not enough to meet the physical activity recommendations to get 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week were still 20 percent less likely to die over a 14-year period than those who did not do any physical activity.

People who engaged in the recommended level of physical activity saw even more benefit: They were 31 percent less likely to die during the study period, compared with those who did not engage in any physical activity.

The maximum benefit was seen among people who engaged in three to five times the recommended levels of physical activity; they were 39 percent less likely to die over the study period than people who did no exercise.

Found no link between very high levels of physical activity (10 or more times the recommended level) and an increased risk of death.

The people most likely to benefit from increasing the amount of exercise they do are those who do not currently do any.

Study author said: “Doctors should target this group with exercise counseling. Physicians who seek out the segment of the population that performs no leisure-time physical activity could receive the most payback in their patient’s health”.


The Work Out Anywhere No Equipment Travel Workout

The Work-Out-Anywhere Workout by Maria Faires, RD, ACE-PT, ACE-MES







Even if you don’t have access to a full hotel gym, this list of travel exercises provides you with some body weight exercises you can do in your room so that you don’t lose your fitness gains while you’re traveling. There are lots of exercise options here. Feel free to pick and choose. For best results warm up with cardio, do the first 3 exercises as a dynamic warm up then choose at least 1 or 2 exercises that target the back, the legs, the core. If time allows, stretch after your are done.

Warm up cardio: It is always important to warm up before working out. Options are running in place, dancing, step ups, jumping jacks, jump rope, run around the block a couple of times or walk up and down a stairwell.

Ankle Touches: Run in place, turning your knees slightly outward, bringing the inside of the leg up toward the chest and reaching your hands to touch the inside of your ankles.

Shoulder circle: Stand with your arms straight out from your sides, parallel to the floor. Slowly rotate both arms forward in big circles. Continue for 30 seconds, then draw big backward circles for 30 seconds.

Fire Hydrant Circles: Get in hands and knees position, hips over knees and shoulders over wrists. Keep the arms straight throughout. Pull belly button to spine. Lift one leg off the ground with knee bent and perform circles from the hip; getting as large a range of motion as possible without moving your spine. Do big circles then reverse the circle then switch sides. Make sure your spine is staying stable and all the movement is coming from the hips.

Forward Leaning Lunges: get in lunge position, bend forward, place palms on floor.

Glute Bridges: Lying face up on ground with arms to side, knees bent, and heels on ground (or chair). Lift hips off the ground until knees, hips, and shoulders are in a straight line, hold 3 seconds, return to start position and repeat.

Push-ups: If these are too difficult, do standing pushups. This exercise works your chest, shoulders and arms. Kneel on the floor with about 75 percent of your weight balanced on your palms. Pull your abdominals in so your back doesn’t sag and your spine is in alignment. Bend your elbows and lower your body towards the floor. Once your upper arms are parallel with the floor, press back up to the start.

Ski Jumps: side to side plyos with feet together.  

Wall-Sits: From a standing position, lean back against a wall or a solid stationary object and bend your knees sliding down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold this position for as long as you can. If this position is uncomfortable to you just go to a depth that you feel comfortable with and then work at being able to get into the thighs parallel position as you progress through the weeks of your program. Your feet should be 18 to 24 inches away from the wall to minimize knee stress. Continue to breathe throughout the entire time.

Squat Thrust/burpees: Stand with feet together. Squat down and place your hands on the floor next to your feet. In an explosive movement, jump feet backwards into a push-up position (keep core braced), jump feet back between hands and stand up. Leap up as high as possible from the squat position.

Side lunge windmills. Lunge to right side and touch left hand to right foot, bring right hand up and behind you. Stay low I a lunge and move to other side. Keep back straight.

Jumping Jack: Stand upright with feet together and hands at your sides. Raise hands up above your head, while jumping up just enough to spread your feet about twice shoulder width apart. Immediately reverse movement back to start position without stopping. Repeat as many times as necessary as quickly as possible.

Squats: Stand tall with your feet hip width apart and your hands on your hips. Bend your knees and lower your body. How low you go will depend on your strength and flexibility, but never go so low that your rear is lower than your knees or your knees shoot out over your toes.  Stand slowly back up.

Bench Walkouts to forearm plank: Toes on bench and palms on floor, walk hands back towards bench, walk back out, one arm down to forearm, other arm down to forearm, back up to palms, walk back towards bench.

Single Leg Balance. Standing on one leg, maintain your balance Try to hold for 1 minute. Once this exercise is too easy progress to eyes closed.

High Knee Jog 30 seconds

Hamstring Plate Slides. Lie on back knees bent with heels on paper plates. Tighten butt, slide plates away.

Bench Burpees: toes on bench or sturdy stable chair, hands on floor. Hop toes to floor then back on bench.

Calf Raises: Standing, lift heels off the floor and repeat.

Rear Blasters: Get down on your hands and knees. Slowly extend your right leg behind you until its straight and in line with your back. To get additional effect, squeeze at the top for a couple of seconds. Now slowly lower your leg back into the starting position.

Skipping: forward and back.

Low Ab March: Bend knees and keep bent. Brace abdominals, lift one leg at a time, marching slowly.

Plank: Get into a pushup position and lower your forearms to the floor. Look down at the floor, pull in your belly button and brace your abs. If this is too hard put your knees on the floor. Keep your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging. Hold this position for as long as you can.

Side Plank: Lie on side, knees straight, upper body propped on your elbow and forearm. Hold.

Clam Shell. Lie on your side. Stack your legs one on top of the other, and tuck your knees forward about 45 degrees. Lean your hips forward. Lift the top knee up, keeping your feet stacked. Your legs should look like an open clamshell. Then close your legs. Repeat this movement 10 to 15 times, keeping your pelvis steady throughout the movement.

Bird Dogs: Kneel on hands and knees with legs and hands slightly apart. Raise arm out straight beside head while raising and extending leg on opposite side up out behind body. Hold 8 seconds. Lower arm and leg to floor to original position and repeat. Perform movement with opposite arm and leg.

Cool-down stretch: Take two minutes to walk until your heart rate slows and your breathing returns to normal. Then proceed with stretching.

Stretching Do a stretch for all major body parts: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves.



Staying Motivated When You Begin An Exercise Program






Some of the most common reasons people cite for beginning an exercise program is that they want to lose weight or gain muscle or tone. They begin exercising full of enthusiasm with these goals in mind but slowly find that enthusiasm and motivation dropping. Getting motivated can be challenging, and continuing the level of initial enthusiasm can be even more challenging.

The main motivator is to remember WHY you want to work out in the first place: to improve your health, feel better and look better. Be patient with your workout routine and your desire to see results. Your body didn’t get into its present state in a couple of weeks and it will take more than a couple of weeks to change the current shape of your body.

Routine is Important

Its helpful if you make it a habit. Working out is similar to brushing your teeth–it’s essential to your good health and if you make it part of your daily routine it will become a natural habit. Determine and maintain a consistent routine. If you set aside Monday, Wednesday and Friday as your days to work out, then try to stick to that schedule and don’t cancel your workout.  Enjoy the process of getting fit; feeling stronger and watching your body take shape.

Give it Time

Some people get frustrated and give up if they don’t see external changes in their bodies immediately. Don’t let that happen to you. Keep in mind that change doesn’t come overnight, and when it comes to losing weight or toning up your muscles, small changes occur with every step you run and every dumbbell you lift. It’s all worth it.

Step By Step

Every time you walk to work instead of taking the bus, you’re strengthening your heart. Each time you work out or mow the lawn or take the stairs instead of the elevator, you’re taking a step toward a healthier life.

Your Efforts Pay Off Eventually

Even if you don’t see external changes immediately, know that your efforts are improving your body on the inside. The outside will come with your continued work. So keep at it. It takes approximately six weeks to see a physical change from a regular exercise program.

Visualize Your Goal

Thinking about fitting into that special dress or looking fit for that school reunion can be great motivators. Picture in your mind what you will look like and how good you will feel. In fact, research has documented that you have to have a goal you can visualize before you can handle the trials and tribulations of a new fitness routine-but keep in mind that exercise is critical to your heart and cardiovascular system and not just your ego.

Do It Because It’s Good For You

Exercise should be a priority in your life because not only do you look and feel better, it essentially affects the quality of your life. Get motivated by focusing on the benefits of exercise:

  1. Helps you lose weight.
  2. Tones muscle.
  3. Improves your posture.
  4. Helps you look and feel better.
  5. Strengthens your bones and muscles.
  6. Helps lower blood pressure and susceptibility to diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
  7. Helps reduce stress and increase energy.
  8. Improves your quality of sleep.
  9. Increases your stamina.
  10. Improves your immunity to minor illnesses.

Need Help?

And if you find yourself still feeling like your motivation, is waning, consider contacting a qualified personal trainer to help. The guidance of a personal trainer can help you stick to your routine. If you’re considering hiring a personal trainer, make sure that trainer is certified, and try to speak to current and former clients of the trainer.

The time to improve your health is right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow or next week. Start right now. Go for a walk. Turn on some music and dance. If you can take that first step, then you can be on your way to working out and getting into shape. An investment in your health today will pay rewarding dividends in your future.