Years of Life Gained Due to Leisure-Time Physical Activity in the U.S.

AJPM: 12/11/12

Background: Physical inactivity is an important modifıable risk factor for noncommunicable disease. The degree to which physical activity affects the life expectancy of Americans is unknown. Purpose: Thisstudyestimatedthepotentialyearsoflifegainedduetoleisure-timephysicalactivityintheU.S. Methods: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007–2010); National Health Interview Study mortality linkage (1990 –2006); and U.S. Life Tables (2006) were used to estimate and compare life expectancy at each age of adult life for inactive (no moderate to vigorous physical activity); somewhat-active (some moderate to vigorous activity but 500 MET minutes/ week); and active (500 MET minutes/week of moderate to vigorous activity) adults. Analyses were conducted in 2012. Read more