Science Says This Will Increase Your Life Expectancy

We kind of expected the first, but we NEVER imagined the second!

There’s clearly an abundance of health benefits that come with regular exercise, but this one might just be the final kick up the *ahem* behind.

According to a new study by health and life insurer Vitality, the government recommended level of weekly exercise – 150 minutes or 2 and a half hours – can increase life expectancy by three years.

Yes, really.

Still not sure where you’d find the time? The study also showed that people who worked out for 90 minutes a week could expect an increase of 2.7 years, while just one hour a week could extend your life by 2.4 years.

SEE: Here’s How Much Exercise You Need After A Day At Your Desk

It’s not just exercise that could help though.

Regular reading could extend your life by two years

Regular reading could extend your life by two years

A new study published in the Social Science and Medicine journal found that those aged over 50 who read (yes, the book type) on a regular basis lived for two years longer than those who didn’t read at all.

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Here’s what they did. Subjects were split into three groups: those who read for 3.5 or more hours a week, people who read up to 3.5 hours a week and people who never read, and monitored for 12 years. At the end, 33% of those who never read had passed away, while only 27% of the regular readers had.

Author Becca R Levy explains: “People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not. And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.”

So there you have it: one hour of exercise + one hour of reading = 2+ years life expectancy. Thank us later.