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Silver walkers may be prolonging their lives

We all know that physical activity plays an important role in the world of public health. A recent study, tracking the lives of more than 5,000 older men, concludes that physical activity has an important effect on life expectancy.

 

silver walkerPublished in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the study followed 5,738 older men in Oslo for a 12 year period from 2000 to 2012 and recorded their levels of physical activity. Of these men (who were aged between 68 and 73 at the millennium), 2,154 died during the 12 year follow-up and the results of the mortality levels were compared for those who were leading sedentary lifestyles to those who were physically active.

The results of the study showed that those doing three hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week lived around five years longer than those living a sedentary lifestyle. The study also concluded that increasing physical activity levels was as beneficial in terms of life expectancy as giving up smoking.

So it seems that regular walking can enhance and prolong our lives, well into our later years.

 

20 May 2015

Source:  http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/49/11/743

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