Today’s Headlines: The Benefits of Exercising, Scheduled Meal Times, and Risk of Death in Overtime Workers

You should still be exercising daily, even into your senior years. A new study has revealed that “‘Age is not an excuse to do no exercise,”’ and not being physically active exponentially increases your risk for death. “The studies evaluated participants’ physical activity levels and their risk of dying from any cause over about 10 years. They also factored in participants’ self-reported health status, physical or mental illnesses, weight, cholesterol and other details. The mortality rate was 22 percent lower among people [that did a little exercise] than among those who did no exercise at all beyond the activities of daily living.” Based off the results, the researchers advised those aged 60 and above should concentrate on adding light activity into their lives. Even 15 minutes a day can improve and make drastic changes on health, so stand up a little more at work or go for a short walk after dinner. (Reuters)

Scheduled meals and packed lunches lead to a healthier lifestyle. If you pack a lunch almost every day for work you’re already working towards small steps to a healthier lifestyle. “In a new study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition researchers found that college students who made their meals at home and regularly consumed breakfast and an evening meal, had overall better diets. They avoided fast food and sugary drinks and ate more vegetables and fruit compared to people who did not keep an eating routine. People who ate on the run, or used media while they ate or purchased food often ate less healthily.” The study also noted that people who eat in front of the TV or while using any media devices are also more inclined to overeat and choose unhealthy food options. (Time)

Stop working overtime; it’s increasing your risk for serious health problems. A recent study found that people who work more than a traditional 40 hour work week are more prone to serious health issues including strokes and heart attacks. “And there was a 33 percent increased risk of stroke for workers who spend more than 55 hours a week at the office, even after controlling for certain behavioral risks such as smoking and alcohol consumption, according to researchers at University College London and Umeå University in Sweden…For worker bees who spend extra hours on the job, the longer an employee worked past the 40-hour mark, the more they faced an increased risk for stroke or other cardiac events, the study found. People working just a few extra hours a week, between 41 and 48 hours per week, had a 10 percent higher risk of stroke, researchers found, and those working 49 to 54 hours had a 27 percent increased risk of stroke.” While the study couldn’t completely explain or prove one set reason why this happens, researchers hypothesized it was combination of many things including increased workloads and stress, sitting too often, not enough physical activity, and not taking personal relaxation time to heal the body. (ABC)