top of page

Every hour of exercise gives you three more hours of life!

One wish I have is that everyone would exercise daily. I know that we would see people feeling better and enjoying life. The recommendations for exercise have been out there for a long time and have changed depending upon science and sometimes I believe the standards are lowered just to get people to get any exercise.

I have heard of challenges where people would get paid to exercise. I think that is one of the few times that I see people excited or willing to exercise. What if your payment would be to live a longer life? The research that is catching a lot of buzz lately is around a New England Journal of Medicine study conducted on 17,000 Harvard alumni published in 1986. The study had shown that people who exercise regularly could gain hours of life expectancy for each hour of exercise. In the course of one's lifetime, this could add about 2 extra years. I know many people would love to have more time with loved ones and to experience more.

In a recent TV talk show, doctor John Scharffenberg, Nutritionist, Physician, and professor of Nutrition at Harvard, stated that even people suffering from specific health conditions or with unhealthy habits who also exercised regularly will outlive healthier people who don't exercise! You only need to focus on exercise and make it a regular habit to add life expectancy.

If you have not been exercising, where should you start? You probably have heard, consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. I do believe that is the place to start to begin with an overall check-up evaluation of your overall health. This will bring light to any issues that may need follow-up with exercise. An example maybe if you have Hypertension. You would want to monitor your vitals with exercise to know how you should recover and progress your exercises. Then you need to see a Physical Therapist for a minimum of 1-4 visits to evaluate your overall functional movement, strength, joint mobility, and more that will affect your individual exercise needs. If that is all you need keep going with monthly check-in to reassess. Some may need more assistance and accountability.

Let's get started on adding years to your life! Contact me at

#Live Inspired,

Karen Baltz Gibbs, PT, DPT, CSCS, CMP, LMT, Owner Garage Training & Rehab Gym


bottom of page