As the population begins to age, many think there is no point to getting active now because it won’t really make a difference. A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says that is not the case. The study found a direct link between healthy aging and exercise in the older generation. Even if they only started physical activity around retirement age, physically active older adults enjoyed significantly better health than their inactive peers.
The study tracked the health of nearly 3,500 people in their mid-50s to early 70s for over eight years in England. They study found that those who only took up regular exercise later in life were still three times more likely to be ‘health agers’ than that of the non-active participants. ‘Healthy agers’ were classified as those who did not develop major chronic diseases, depressive symptoms, physical or cognitive impairment.’
Adults should aim to do some exercise daily totalling 150 minutes a week. The activity should make you breathe harder and feel warmer to be effective, even if it is just for 10 minutes.
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