Thanks to advances in scientific knowledge, coupled with technological and economic progress, more than ever, people have a greater understanding and access to lifestyle options that will extend their life expectancy. Exercise has long been known to offer numerous health benefits, and research is increasingly shedding light on the types of exercise most conducive to long life.
Reinforcing the findings, the risks associated with poor cardiorespiratory fitness were comparable to or even exceeded known risk factors such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smoking.
In addition to exercising, eating a healthy and balanced diet also helps increase your longevity.
As a general rule, foods that protect your heart also increase brain health and help maintain a healthy weight.
A Mediterranean diet usually consists of whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, and avoids red and processed meats, dairy products, trans and saturated fats and refined sugar.
The Mediterranean diet has been highlighted for its benefits to the heart and, stressing the importance of eating this diet along with exercise, a recent study also shows that it can increase endurance exercise in days.
On a small study Published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the researchers found that participants ran 5K six percent faster after eating a Mediterranean diet than after eating a Western diet.
According to the study, a Western diet like the Western diet is characterized by low intake of unrefined or minimally processed fruits, vegetables and oils and high intake of trans and saturated fats, dairy products, refined sugars, highly refined vegetable oils. processed foods, sodium and processed foods.
Breaking the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, senior researcher Edward Weiss, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and dietetics at SLU, attributes the benefits to the diet's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and source of alkaline pH and dietary nitrates. .
Antioxidants are compounds that supposedly play a role in protecting against heart disease by interfering with molecules known as & quot; free radicals & quot; that can damage the cells.
As Weiss explained: "Many individual nutrients in the Mediterranean diet improve exercise performance immediately or within a few days. Therefore, it makes sense that any dietary pattern that includes these nutrients is also quick to improve performance."
In the concluding comments, Weiss said: "This study provides evidence that a diet that is known to be good for health is also good for exercise performance," Weiss said.
"Like the general population, athletes and other exercise enthusiasts often eat unhealthy diets. They now have an added incentive to eat healthily."