Every single day, you probably read or hear about the benefits of of exercising and that it is one of the best ways to live a long, happy and fulfilled life. While this may be true, new research suggests that if you want to live long, alcohol, and not exercise might be the key!
Exercise has been known to help us shed unhealthy and unnecessary weight, but also make us strong and fit to face the rigours of every day modern life in the 21st century.
On the other hand, we have continually heard about the dangers of drinking alcohol. From the health implications of continuous and regular consumption of alcohol such as it’s effects on the organs of the body, to the social implications of affecting the relationships between alcoholics and their friends and families, alcohol has been demonised in a lot of ways.
However, in what seems like the best news we have heard in a while, new research suggests that if you want to live long into your 90s, moderate alcohol consumption may be your best bet instead of exercise.
The research conducted by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas tracked 1,700 people in their 90s beginning in 2003 to examine how certain daily habits affected longevity. The researchers found that people that drank about two glasses of beer or wine per day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death.
Furthermore, the researchers found that test subjects who exercised between 15 to 45 minutes per day only reduced the risk of premature death by 11 percent.
More so, participants in the study who were slightly overweight reduced their odds by 3 percent, and those who drank two cups of coffee a day cut their risk by 10 percent.
With the results of this research, you may want to consider drinking alcohol moderately to live longer as it shows that it may be more profitable to do so than to exercise!