ASK OUR EXPERTS

Choose Topic
Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Home »  News »  Pay Attention Elders! Regular Exercise Is The Way To A Healthy Life

Pay Attention Elders! Regular Exercise Is The Way To A Healthy Life

The researchers found that the more exercise the people did, the better their physical function. In addition, those who participated in at least 48 minutes of physical activity a week benefited from the biggest improvement in their physical functioning, and the biggest reduction in their disability risk.

Pay Attention Elders! Regular Exercise Is The Way To A Healthy Life

Adding even less than an hour of exercise a week can make a difference.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Adding even less than an hour of exercise a week can make a difference
  2. The more exercise the people did, the better their physical function
  3. Small increases can have big impacts in old age
Most of us would like a magic pill that guarantees good health, especially as we age. Although there is nothing as easy as that, new research once again suggests that exercise is the best way to maintain good physical health as we grow older. Adding even less than an hour a week can make a difference. The research from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study, carried out by Roger Fielding at Tufts University along with colleagues from eight field sites across the USA, followed 1,635 men and women (age 70-89) for an average of 2.6 years.

All the participants had low levels of physical functioning at the beginning of the study, reporting that they engaged in less than 20 minutes per week of regular physical activity in the month before it started. Half of the participants were then randomly assigned to a programme of walking and walking-based strength, flexibility and balance training, while the other half participated in health education workshops. The researchers found that the more exercise the people did, the better their physical function. In addition, those who participated in at least 48 minutes of physical activity a week benefited from the biggest improvement in their physical functioning, and the biggest reduction in their disability risk. The results are significant as physical inactivity that often increases with ageing puts seniors at an increased risk of illness, hospitalisation and disability.

"These are people who want to live healthy, independent lives and are at risk for losing that," said Fielding commenting on the results, "In our first study, we confirmed that physical activity can help prevent mobility loss. Now we see that small increases can have big impacts." "Regular physical exercise can bring a host of health benefits to older adults and the benefits often outnumber the risks," Fielding continued, "If we want to reduce muscle loss, functional decline, and loss of independence as we age, we need to keep people moving."

The results can be found published in the journal PLOS ONE.

 

................... Advertisement ...................

   

FAQ

ASK OUR EXPERTS

Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Choose Topic

Latest stories

Swine Flu Kills 11 In Nagpur, 4 In Indore: Tips To Prevent Swine Flu

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:13 IST
As many as 11 people died of swine flu in the Nagpur division in the past two days, taking the death toll 73 for the year, whereas four deaths were reported in Indore in a matter of past 24 hours.

Breathing Dirty Air May Lead To Kidney Failure: Study

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:00:58 IST
Air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease, which can lead to the failure of the organ, a study has warned.

Sexual Touch At An Early Age May Lead To Early Puberty

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:02 IST
German researchers found that women who were touched on their genitals at a young age experience changes in their brain and that touch triggers puberty.

Moderate Physical Activity For A Healthy Heart, Longer Life

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:00:23 IST
A recent study concludes that 1 in every 12 global deaths could be prevented, if all of us adhered to at-least 30 minutes of exercise each day, or 2.5 hours in week. Read on to know moderate exercising could help prevent heart disease and help you live longer.

11 Infants Being Treated For The E-Coli Infection At PGIMER

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:42 IST
The PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) battles against the outbreak of E-Coli infection in its Neonatal ICU. 1 infants are getting treatment for this infection at the moment, hospital sources reveal.