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Exercise may increase lifespan 'regardless of past activity levels

New research examines the relationship between trends in physical activity levels over time and mortality risk among adults in middle age and older. The findings suggest that it is never too late to start exercising, as becoming more active may lengthen lifespan "regardless of past activity levels."

Exercise is good for us, without a doubt. From lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, to increasing life expectancy, the benefits of physical activity are numerous, as countless studies have shown.

But does it matter when one starts to exercise, and is it ever too late to reap the benefits? New research looks at the effects that exercise in middle and older age have on the risk of premature death and lifespan.

Specifically, a team of researchers has examined how changes in exercise levels over time affect a person's risk of dying from any cause, as well as dying from specific conditions — such as cardiovascular disease.

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