Staying Active

1. Exercise Helps You Age Better. People who exercise spent 25% less time time disabled or injured than those who did not, according to a recent report by Time Magazine. The study by Dr Thomas Gill, Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that exercise is essential, especially as you get older.

2. A Third of Older Adults Don’t Move Enough. Despite the remarkable health benefits, the fact is most adults don’t do enough exercise. Some studies suggest that as many as 40% of older adults don’t do any exercise at all. 

3. Exercise Enhances Your Brain. It has been suggested that it can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years and also lower a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There is a definite link between exercise and cognitive function. Recent evidence published in the British Medical Journal supports this fact.

4. Targeted Exercise Works for the Over-60s. The BBC reported (in April this year) that exercises such as T'ai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 60 who couldn't manage other more challenging forms of exertion. The report was backed up by a study in the influential British Journal of Sports Medicine.

5. A Sedentary Lifestyle Ages Body Cells. Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, new research suggests. A study by the University of California (recently reported by BBC news) looked at 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day. It came up with this startling discovery: they all had cells that were biologically eight years older.