GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — It’s never too late to get fit. And it’s also never too early. When people exercise more in their twenties, it reduces their chances of dying of cancer and heart disease by their fifties.
If you don’t work out regularly in your 20’s, it’s going to cost you. Once you hit your 30’s and further on, it’s harder to burn fat and build muscle.
Back in 1985, the University of Michigan put nearly 5,000 volunteers between 18 & 30 years-old on a treadmill and pushed them to their maximum exertion to test their endurance. They were followed with an annual check for 25 years, and now, the results are in. For every additional minute that the volunteer ran on that treadmill 25 years ago, their risk of dying in middle age went down another 15%.
In other words, the less time people spent on the treadmill in your twenties, their risk of dying *now* increased by 21%. Heart disease risk is up 20%.
Fitness experts one of the most effective ways for people in their 20’s to stay motivated to work out is to join a group, and keep each other accountable.
Fitness experts also believe what you put in your body is just as important as how you work it.
If a gym membership is too expensive, try doing free workout videos online at home.