Physical activity can significantly benefit your health, even if you only become active relatively late in life, according to research we helped to fund.
Researchers tracked the health of almost 3,500 people, whose average age was 64, for more than eight years.
At the end of the study, one in five people were defined as ‘healthy agers’, based on their overall health. There was a direct link between the likelihood of healthy ageing and the amount of exercise taken, with those who exercised every week being three to four times more likely to age healthily than those who stayed inactive.
Although it’s never too late to get active, there’s no need to wait until retirement to get started.
Doireann Maddock, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “It’s well worth getting into the habit of keeping active, as we know it can help reduce the risk of heart disease along with many other conditions.
“This research shows us that, even if you don’t become active until later in life, your health will still benefit.
“However, although it’s never too late to get active, there’s no need to wait until retirement to get started. Adults should try to be active daily and aim for 150 minutes of activities that get you breathing harder and feeling warmer each week. Every ten minutes counts, so even hopping off the bus a couple of stops early or taking a brisk walk on your lunch break will help.”
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