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ARTICLE: Exercise later in life tied to healthy aging

Sunday, December 08, 2013

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Reuters Health Information
By C. E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's never too late to start exercising, according to a new study that found formerly inactive seniors who took up exercise still experienced health benefits.

The study sheds light on the question of whether the slower mental and physical decline seen among active seniors extends to former couch potatoes who begin exercising later in life.

"Regular physical activity in older age is important to remain healthy. However, taking up physical activity at old age is also beneficial," Mark Hamer told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at University College London.

These findings "underscore the importance of prevention as well as rehabilitation," said Ursula M. Staudinger, who directs the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in New York City.

"When you start later in life you can still get gains," Staudinger, who was not part of the research team, said.

For their study, Hamer and his coauthors analyzed information on 3,454 healthy seniors involved in the ongoing English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Participants reported how much they exercised at the start of the study, in 2002 to 2003. Researchers then followed them through regular health surveys for the next eight years.

At follow-up, 19 percent of the seniors were considered to be aging healthily. That is, they had not developed any major chronic diseases or depression and had not experienced any deterioration in their physical or mental status during the study period.

Seniors who were active at least once a week at the start of the study and remained active were the most likely to experience healthy aging. But those who started exercising during the study period benefited as well, Hamer and his colleagues reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

People who remained active during all eight years were over seven times more likely to experience healthy aging than inactive seniors. Those who became active after the study started were three times more likely than inactive adults to age well.

That was after the researchers took into consideration other factors that might influence healthy aging like participants' gender, income and whether they smoked or were married.

"The results appear to suggest that maintaining or beginning any form of regular activity is beneficial," the researchers wrote. Further, they added, "this study supports public health initiatives designed to engage older adults in physical activity, even those who are of advanced age."

"The ageing population continues to grow," Hamer said. "Physical activity will help the elderly to remain healthy."

The findings cannot prove exercise warded off disease among study participants, just that it was correlated with healthy aging.

"We have to say goodbye to this notion that the chronological age on our passport or our birth certificate will tell us how old we are," Staudinger told Reuters Health.

"Healthy aging is happening on a societal level and each individual can contribute," she said, noting that "physical activity is one important instrument."

However, Staudinger cautioned, "with physical fitness as with cognitive fitness, if you stop working on it, it will drop again."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hAotGt British Journal of Sports Medicine, online November 25, 2013.
Reuters Health
(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013.


Thanks for stopping by. This article surely gives me hope that, even with MS, I can still do things to help me be as independent as I can as long is it is possible for me. LET'S KEEP MOVING! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon









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VLINDER2014 12/11/2013 1:10PM

    Never too late.. get a moving ... :)

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SETTIMIA 12/10/2013 11:20PM

    MORNING HOPE THAT YOU ARE GREAT TODAY, AND KEEP ACTIVE

ENCOURAGING YOU ALL THE WAY

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MAWMAW101 12/10/2013 10:55AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. All the very best to you!
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SETTIMIA 12/10/2013 4:34AM

    MORNING, THANK YOU FOR THE GOODIE, I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE MORE MOVEMENT THAN MY FRIEND, SHE HAS CARERS AS WELL AS TRYING TO DO THINGS FOR HERSELF, SHE IS AMAZING, I TELL HER ALL THE TIME.

WELL DONE FOR YOUR QUEST FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. MY FRIEND HAS A VERY STRICT DIET, SHE IS A WONDERFUL COOK, SO THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT, YES SHE COOKS WITH ONE HAND! TRULY AMAZING. TODAY SHE IS OFF TO THE GYM AND WORKS IN A HOSPICE, WORKING WITH PATIENTS AND DOING FUN RAISING.

I AM HUMBLED MY HER, SHE SINGS LIKE AN ANGEL

HAVE A GREAT DAY, I HOPE THAT ONE DAY SHE WILL SHARE HER STORY WITH OTHERS, TO INSPIRE OTHERS

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NEWCHINELO 12/9/2013 3:40PM

    thanks for sharing!

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LINDA! 12/9/2013 2:14PM

    emoticon Great article.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/9/2013 12:43PM

    Thanks for sharing such an encouraging article. I have found this true in my life and with my parents as well (they are in their 80's). Hope you have fun living the active life.

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PKCTTS 12/9/2013 9:53AM

    I have parents that definitely prove this out. Thanks for the article.

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SETTIMIA 12/8/2013 11:58PM

    THAT IS SO TRUE, MY FRIEND WHO HAS MS, CAN NO LONGER MOVE HER LEGS AND LEFT ARM AND HAND, WORKS ON HER RIGHT ARM AND CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME AS SHE USES THAT STRENGTH TO HER TRANSFER BED TO SCOOTER, SCOOTER TO CAR. SHE DRIVES IN A SPECIALLY ADAPTED CAR AND IS A TOTAL INSPIRATION DAILY.



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MICKEYH 12/8/2013 11:25PM

    Thanks for sharing. So true, never too late. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/8/2013 10:31PM

    Another reason to emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 12/8/2013 10:22PM

    Exercise is definitely good at any age!

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JUSTDOITRIGHT 12/8/2013 9:40PM

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/8/2013 8:57PM

    Awesome blog. You are so inspiring. I need to get out walking and use my walker. I can do this!

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MSLZZY 12/8/2013 8:30PM

    As they say, you're never too old! Glad we started sooner rather than later.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2013 7:58PM

    Wonderful! It really is never too late! HUGS

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COLUMBINE2 12/8/2013 7:08PM

    Thanks for the encouraging blog & link! It's nice to see the research!

I live in a rural mountain county of ambitious, fit 80+ folks who are the greatest role models in the world! An 85 yr old friend said today, "I've decided not to do double diamond ski runs any more. I'm just going to (nordic) ski a couple of hours a few times a week and enjoy the scenery."

I also went on a bike ride with an 80 yr old friend who is legally blind from macular degeneration. Her daughter led us down the bike path & warned every biker she met of a blind biker behind her. My friend followed her daughter. Then I brought up the rear. Every biker asked me, "Is she really blind?" Yep...pretty much! She has to identify people by their voices because she can't recognize them!

She also hikes here in the Rocky Mtns. As long as the hiker in front of her wears white shoes, she can follow her footsteps just fine. She & her family hiked up to 10,000' above sea level to check out their dormant gold claim and spread her husband's ashes. She's one tough cookie!



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PEANUTSDOG17 12/8/2013 6:50PM

  Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing

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SHEENADEE 12/8/2013 6:03PM

    Great article! Thanks for sharing, and keep moving!

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GAILANN48 12/8/2013 5:34PM

    Cool! Interesting data. Thanks for the boost, Chelsea!

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MOTHEPRO 12/8/2013 5:07PM

    Very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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SANDRALEET 12/8/2013 5:07PM

    yes do whot you can even do more wark walk

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MOM2ACAT 12/8/2013 4:54PM

    That is what I have always believed, that it is never too late, and no matter what physical limitations a person has, there is almost always a way to work around them.

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FELINEBETTER 12/8/2013 3:45PM

    You GO Girl!!! This just adds a little more fuel to my Spark! I bear witness to the validity of this article though by attending my local Wellness Centre. There are people of all ages and all walks of life and it is just so inspiring to see the progress of others as well. There is one older man who could barely walk with a walker. It would take him a good 10 minutes just to walk through the lobby to the track. Today, he only uses his walker to help him haul his stuff! He is walking fully upright and smiling all the way. My heart just grows when I see him and I tell him all the time how great he's doing and looking!

Thank you for printing this article! It is always great to have validation!

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RAPUNZEL53 12/8/2013 3:36PM

  Good Luck!

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