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What are the benefits of starting an exercise program in middle age?

Starting an exercise program in middle-age can help you reap lifelong benefits on health and longevity.

Norwegian researchers found that older men who spent six days of 30 minutes of moderate exercise had a 40% lower risk of death than those who didn’t exercise. The researchers believe that women would enjoy the same benefits. Across the pond, Canadian scientists found that postmenopausal women who got five hours of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise every week lost significantly more body fat than women who exercised less. Both studies concluded that exercise helped increase longevity and cut disease risk.

The takeaway: It’s never too late. Talk to your doctor about an exercise regimen.

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