Friday, March 25, 2016

Reason to hike No. 38: Live 7 years longer

How would you like to live seven years longer? Then go take a hike.

For about 25 minutes. Every day. And keep the pace brisk.

That’s the finding of a new German study of men and women between ages 30 and 60. Those who walked briskly for 25 minutes every day within six months showed body changes that would help them better repair their DNR. Such repairs could add up to seven years to their lives by slowing the aging process.

An added bonus: It halved their risk of a heart attack during their 50s and 60s.

And the best part? If you don’t currently hike there’s still time to benefit from it. None of the people in the study were regular exercisers.

So start hiking now. And we’ll see you on the trail – for an additional seven years!

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