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Live Longer; Leave Money for Loved Ones; Combat Obesity Rates

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Vibrant Influencer Network compensated us for this post. Of course all opinions are our own, and the research results are from unrelated, independent sources.

Obesity Rates in America Affect Health

Yes, people are dying from obesity and sedentary habits. Women especially are at risk. But you knew this. What you might not know is that you can prolong your life with a minimum investment of time and effort.

Extend Your Life Starting Today

Walking is good for your smile.

Walking is good for your smile.

For every minute you walk briskly, you can reap a potential gain of one to seven extra minutes of life! Midlifers especially benefit from putting in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise (such as brisk walking or a cardio class). If you increase your intensity to a strenuous level, you can double the effect, according to a recent study on exercise and lifespan.

Holy smokes, but that is fairly astounding and under your control! For instance, if 150 minutes of a Low Impact group fitness class can offer you a 1-7 return, then a 75 minute high intensity run or elliptical workout would give you 14 minutes of extended lifespan for every minute you huff and puff your sweaty, baby boomer way to long life!

Two For One Special – Quality and Quantity of Life

Kymberly: Let’s imagine you are like one of the women in my older adult classes who protested when I shared this Fun Fit Fact in the Forever Fit Cardio class I teach: “I don’t want to live longer. What if those extra years are dependent, lonely ones?” Understandable fear and question.

No doubt you have heard the adage that exercise adds life to your years, not just years to your life. You know Alexandra and I HAVE to git on up on our high hossies to extol the many benefits of moving on a regular basis, such as countering depression, enhancing mood, improving optimism and self-image. In other words, active, fit people tend to be happy, engaged people since quality of life goes up along with those added years.

Another Stunning Fun Fit Fact That Will Propel You From Your Seat

Let’s look at another huge cause of weight gain and health risk that has been getting a lot of attention lately — prolonged sitting. (Oops, I think I will now stand up to type this post. Ok, my hiney has gone vertical now). Ready to be motivated? If you reduce your sitting to fewer than three hours per day, you increase longevity by two years. I know I want to be around to see my future grandchildren grow up, visit me, and try to out walk me! Nevah! Well, maybe one day, but by 90 years old I will be ok to be out-exercised by whippersnapper rellies.

Sitting is no longer in fashion

Sitting is no longer in fashion

Wait, there’s more! If you cut back your tv watching time to fewer than two hours per day, you have an estimated life span increase of just over a year. We know, we know – such study results are no guarantees for individuals and are statistical averages only. Still, don’t you have loved ones and a bucket list and things left to do in life that make less sitting, more moving, and more quality years just a little tempting? Why not tip the odds in your favor?

Which Leads Us Back to Life, Back to Reality!

Another Female Breadwinner!!

Another Female Breadwinner!!

 

What if you die youngish like-ish despite your best, healthiest efforts? (Remember this post is sponsored by Royal Neighbors of America, a life insurance company with a difference — the organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs.) While we women outlive men on average, is your family protected financially if you can no longer contribute to the household income? Women tend to be underinsured. I know I carry far less life insurance than does my husband. And I am several years younger and a trophy wife! Just agree and keep reading, will ya?

At the very least, click this calculator to assess your life insurance needs. You never know what might happen….

Alexandra’s Story

Alexandra: A few years ago I received a call that Kymberly had been in a serious car accident. Luckily, the phone call started with, “Don’t worry, she’s going to be okay,” so I didn’t panic…too much. And she was okay (You know, as much as she’ll ever be! Notice I didn’t say “normal”). It was a bit of a wake-up call for me, though, as I have the mindset that my exceptionally good health will protect me from everything, including zombies and locusts.

Back in the parallel universe that is reality, I realized that I needed to add life insurance to the list of steps I’ve taken to protect my sons in case I’m hit by a bus (in clean undies of course). Even though I don’t make a lot of money, every bit counts, and I don’t want my kids to be stuck with my mortgage, car payment, the school loans we took out for my eldest, or COD (cost of death – funeral or cremation). I jumped at the chance to write this post (jumping is good for you), because I think I’m the typical boomer woman — has income, doesn’t have life insurance. And I like the way Royal Neighbors is doing business. What about you; Have your protected YOUR income?

Photo credits: Woman baking bread: Senex Magister; Women walking: loungerie; Women sitting: no copyright restriction via creativecommons.org.

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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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15 Responses to Live Longer; Leave Money for Loved Ones; Combat Obesity Rates

  1. Tamara September 19, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    So glad that Kymberly was okay! I’ve only been in one minor car accident and it made me realize how fleeting life can be.

    Life insurance? You bet! With three young children who still need to be put through university, we are insured out of our wahoos! (My mom was a life insurance agent and financial planner before she retired, so we are well-versed in the benefits)
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  2. Shira September 19, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Hi ladies. Love the 1 to 7 minutes extra you get in life from walking a mile – great ROI! Alexandra, while I sometimes think about what to do in case of a zombie invasion too, usually while stuck in traffic or some other mindless time, I also believe that good health will help with that situation. The more fit you are the better you can dodge the slow-moving brain suckers, right?
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      I have walked so much that I will probably make it to 150. And I’ll STILL say I’m a sexy babe. As to the zombies, I’ve found that I can scare them away by not wearing make-up. And running.
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  3. John Poole September 19, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    All very good points you make here about sedentary lifestyles versus life expectancy.

    In my own case, I need to figure out how to make it to about 110 years old.

    Any earlier than that, and who, but who, will all the local teenage girls then whistle at, and make cat calls to? I need to do it for them! :-D

    ~ John
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  4. Jody - Fit at 55 September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    You two write the best posts & so informative!!! I hope people listen! I do!!

    Well, bad decisions & “the crash” led to no finances right now so trying to crawl out of it….

    Thx as always for so much pertinent & important info!!!
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Yeah, about that crash. There went our kid’s university fund. Freshman year – out of state fabulous U. Sophomore year – local city college. By next year he should be supporting us all. And thanks for the compliment.
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  5. Yum Yucky September 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Very important stuff. Just clicked the Royal Neighbors link. Gonna check out the site.
    Sidenote: The “woman baking bread” pic looks like somebody bungee jumped off her red thong.
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  6. gene @bigzigfitness September 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    omg.Josie, you crack me up…
    yes, yes, all of these things add years to your life…but only at the end! i want them added in the middle! hahahahahahahah…
    sage advice. i don’t have any life insurance, but i really should…it is on my list for things to do in Q4 2013…
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  7. Suzy September 21, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Great advice. Walking and not sitting down for too long are the best pieces of information you can have. Although not sitting for long is hard to avoid if you work it’s certainly worth reminding yourself.
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  8. Nicki Anderson September 21, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    It’s too bad that people think you have to “bust a move” in order for it to be effective. Thanks for sharing the truth behind basic walking and less sitting. So easy, yet so overlooked. As for Life Insurance, I’ve got it. But a great reminder and something women don’t think about.
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  9. Alex Sheehan September 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    “No doubt you have heard the adage that exercise adds life to your years, not just years to your life.” I have never heard that before actually! And I love it!
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  10. Kathy Radigan September 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks for the info. I always remind myself that something is better than nothing, this at least gets me to the gym, good to know there are some facts behind this train of thought! Thanks again!
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