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Moderate Exercise Keeps Elderly Walking

May 27, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Moderate daily exercise among frail elderly people can mean the difference between performing everyday duties and being housebound, a U.S. clinical study has found. Participants included two groups (total of 1,635) sedentary men and women ages 70 to 89 who could walk a quarter mile – two or three blocks around the neighborhood – within 15 minutes but were at risk of losing that ability. One group walked 150 minutes a week and did strength, flexibility and balance training. A control group attended health education classes and performed stretching exercises. Moderate physical activity helped aging adults maintain their ability to walk at a rate 18 percent higher than older adults who did not exercise.
Marco Pahor et al., "Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Major Mobility Disability in Older Adults: The LIFE Study Randomized Clinical Trial ", JAMA, May 27, 2014, © American Medical Association
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