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   Tip #74 – Age Ain't an Excuse

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan (USA) should inspire men and women in their 50s and 60s to become physically active -- especially those who have conditions or habits that endanger the heart, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or smoking.  Tracking 9,611 older adults, the researchers found that those who were regularly active in their 50s and 60s were 35% less likely to die in the next 8 years than those who were sedentary.  The reduction in the risk of early death was achieved in study participants who engaged in very moderate physical activity (leisurely walking, gardening, and dancing).  Even those who were obese had a lower risk of dying if they were regularly active.  The team concluded that "across all ranges of cardiovascular risk, everybody got a benefit from regular activity, but the biggest absolute benefit, the biggest reduction in deaths, was among high risk people."  Commenting on their findings, the lead researcher suggested that, in men and women with cardiovascular issues, the risk of remaining sedentary is far greater than the risk of having an acute problem brought on by exercise.

“No one is too old to enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity.” ~ U.S. Surgeon General (1996)

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