There’s no doubt about it: Regular exercise is essential to good health. Much like you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, you can’t eat enough kale to make up for the fact that you never move. Working out is not only great for your waistline and your heart, but it can change your brain for the better.
And while all forms of exercise are beneficial, recent studies have shown that one kind in particular could add years to your life. And it might surprise you.
Bad news if you’re a couch potato
Most people don’t exactly love to workout, and even those who genuinely enjoy it have days where they simply don’t want to move. But if you lead a completely sedentary lifestyle, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, inactivity has been linked to even more deaths than obesity.
A 2015 study of over 300,000 people showed that just going from being totally inactive to being “moderately inactive,” or exercising lightly and infrequently, showed a huge reduction in death rate.