Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Shanghai Institute of Cancer are ganging up on those who do not like to exercise. In a study of almost 75 thousand Chinese women they found that women who exercised during adolescence had a decreased risk of dying from cancer or heart disease in middle age.
They described exercise as at least one hour of physical activity once a week for three continuous months. Not too vigorous, but those who participated in team sports profited with longer life spans.
In addition, they found that exercising as an adult as well as a teen yielded even better results. These women experience a 20% reduction of death by all causes, 17% reduction in cardiovascular deaths, and a 13% reduction in death from cancer. They assume that difference would also be found in men who were physically active as teenagers.
So, what should you do if you hate to exercise? In a word, exercise!