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When it comes to the benefits of exercise –  it’s never too late


A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine  reinforces the saying ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to exercise, especially for seniors.


The English Longitudinal Study of Aging tracked 3,500 indviduals who were an average age of 64 for at least eight years and found that those who were able to work out regularly at moderate or vigorous levels at least once a week were three to four times more likely to remain healthy while aging compared to those who didn’t exercise.


The take-home message really is to keep moving when you are elderly,” lead investigator Dr. Mark Hamer, from the Epidemiology & Public Health at the University College London, told the BBC. “It’s [a] cliche, but it’s a case of use it or lose it. You do lose the benefits if you don’t remain active.”


Ten percent of the group became active sometime during the study, and 70 percent remained active throughout the study. The rest were either inactive or became inactive.


About 40 percent had developed a long-term health condition, 20 percent were depressed, one-third had some form of disability, and 20 percent experienced cognitive impairment.


However, 20 percent remained healthy agers.



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