Researchers have found that teenage girls who exercise on a regular basis are less likely to die from cancer when they are middle-aged.
The study found that girls could reduce the risk of dying from cancer by 16 percent if they exercise for just an hour and 20 minutes each week.
In addition, research found that death from heart attacks and strokes was reduced by 15 percent as a result of exercise.
And even if you find it hard to commit to regular exercise, the new research suggests that even moderate activity in the teenage years can lead to a healthier life.
The researchers performed this study on 75,000 women aged 40 to 70, who were asked how much they had exercised as teenagers and then they were observed for 13 years.
The results were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, which revealed that those who regularly exercised between the ages of 13 and 19 were less likely to die in their 40s, 50s or 60s (especially from cancer).