Greater fitness, longer life

(Above) Runners in the 10km race at the ST Run in September. A new study found that the greater someone's fitness, the less likely he was to have died prematurely and vice versa.
(Above) Runners in the 10km race at the ST Run in September. A new study found that the greater someone's fitness, the less likely he was to have died prematurely and vice versa.PHOTO: ST FILE

A new study shows a strong correlation between being in shape and mortality

NEW YORK • Being in shape may be as important to a long life as not smoking, according to a new study of the links between fitness and mortality.

The study also explores whether there is any ceiling to the benefits of fitness - whether, in essence, you can exercise too much. The answer, it found, is a reassuring no.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2018, with the headline 'Greater fitness, longer life'. Print Edition | Subscribe