Exercising as a teen has long term health benefits

New study shows that exercising in your teen years is very beneficial.

Healthy teens working out

A new study shows that women who exercised when they were teenagers may have a lower risk of dying from cancer and other causes in middle and older age.

The researchers asked 75,000 Chinese women ages 40 to 70 about their exercising habits between 13 and 19 years old.

They also examined the women's general lifestyle habits, including exercise, in adulthood, and then followed these women for almost 13 years in order to see how many died from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes.

Sarah J. Nechuta, the study author and assistant professor of medicine Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee said:

"In women, adolescent exercise participation, regardless of adult exercise, was associated with reduced risk of cancer and all-cause mortality."

The findings showed that the women in the study who exercised as teens, up to 80 minutes weekly, had a 16 percent lower risk of death from cancer, and a 15 percent lower risk of dying from any causes over the 13-year study than the women who did not exercise at all during adolescence.

This emphasises the importance of introducing a healthy lifestyle to children as early as you can.

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