Greater Exercise Capacity Leads to Higher Survival Rates

Moderate physical activity can extend your life, no matter what age you start and regardless of your fitness level at the time you begin exercising, research shows. A study, published online Aug. 9, 2010, in the journal Circulation, found that exercise capacity is inversely associated with all-cause mortality in older men. The survival benefit was observed in individuals who could participate in moderate exercise, such as brisk walking. A persons fitness level or exercise capacity is how much physical work a person can accomplish measured in metabolic equivalents (METs), says Michael Crawford, manager of Cleveland Clinics Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
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