Want to feel better, want energy boost or perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise! Regular physical activity keeps body’s systems functioning better. Also, it keeps heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases at bay.
In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, just 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week among the seniors was found to have boosted physical activity levels significantly.
The study by researchers of Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo based on the analysis of 15,000 men, found daily exercise to be as good as giving up smoking. The subjects were examined over a 12-year period. It was found that the risk of death from any cause among elderly reduced by 40 percent if they engaged in physical activity every day.
According to the study authors, those who regularly engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity during their leisure time lived five years longer (on average) than those who had a sedentary lifestyle. They concluded that more efforts go into encouraging elderly men to become more physically active.
The study results suggest that it could be used as one of the health strategies targeted for the elderly. And, doctors should take efforts to inform patients about health problems that can be prevented by exercise.