You’re Never Too
Old To Start Exercising
A 2014 study of people born in the 1950s by the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that people who had been active throughout their lives enjoyed great health benefits in their 60s.
But it also said, “Significant health benefits were even seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life.” Doing everyday activities counts, from gardening and washing your car to walking or dancing, according to researchers from University College London.
An earlier Swedish study that followed more than 2,000 men for 35 years found that those who stepped up the pace of exercise after age 50 were far more likely to live longer and live better than those who stayed sedentary.
Older adults may be concerned about hurting themselves or worsening an existing condition. But research has found that exercise can keep you independent longer and reduce disability by maintaining muscle mass and strength.
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