Studies Show Key to Longevity May Be Exercise

The Fountain of Youth might not exist, but there's good news. You still might have a way to keep yourself younger and healthier-- with exercise. A new study shows that even moderate movement can reduce risk of death in elderly.

The Study

The study by the European Society of Cardiology found that short-duration, low-intensity exercise increases a person's life expectancy. Even if elderly individuals cannot achieve the recommended activity level of 30 minutes per day, five days per week, even just 15 minutes will make a difference.

Exercise after Retirement

If you thought retirement meant that you could lay back and take it easy, you might want to re-think that idea. The study shows that starting, or restarting (as the case may be) an exercise program after retirement resulted in 75 percent lower risk of death.

The flip side is true as well-- those who decreased activity had a higher risk of death.

The Message

Study lead Dr. David Hupin says these findings are good news. "This message should be relayed by general practitioners, who play a key and essential role in promoting exercise behavior in the elderly," said Hupin. "Even a little is good, and more may be better."

It just proves the old adage, it's never too late!

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