Even the simplest physical activity may lengthen lives — no sweating required, new research shows.
In fact, mundane physical activity like household chores may count.Sound too good to be true? That’s the finding from the National Institute on Aging’s Todd Manini, PhD, and colleagues.
“Simply expending energy through any activity may influence survival in older adults,” they write in The Journal of the American Medical Association‘s July 12 issue.
Does their theory hold water? Perhaps, says a journal editorial. Manini’s finding on longevity motion is “provocative and if documented by future research would have major implications for physical activity recommendations,” the editorialists write.