Impact of physical activity on longevity: A review of the literature


  • Flaka Hoti


Physical activity , longevity, older adults


Objectives: The aim of this review was to explain the literature about the association between physical activity and longevity.

Methods: The search was carried out in all databases of Web of Science and in all years (1900-2020), until December 31, 2020. The search term was “physical activity longevity” and the search was restricted to title. The inclusion criteria for papers were: 1. Type: Original papers. 2. Language: English. 3. Sample: Human participants. 4. Measures: Longevity and physical activity.

Findings: A total of 52 papers were found. After applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, only 15 papers of these 52 papers were included in this review. The 15 studies found that physical activity have a positive impact on longevity.

Conclusions: Physical activity can extend longevity and delay mortality. Future studies should focus on explaining the influence of different types of physical activities on longevity and identifying potential mechanisms. Public health strategies should be implemented to increase the physical activity levels of the population.


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Hoti, F. (2021). Impact of physical activity on longevity: A review of the literature. Atena Journal of Public Health, 3, 4. Retrieved from