One brisk walk in the great outdoors each week could cut an older woman’s risk of early death by 70 percent, according to new research.
The study by Harvard University suggests that women of retirement age getting more high intensity exercise could lead to a significant increase in life expectancy.
Now we’re not talking a leisurely stroll, walking the pooch or general housework, though these all make great additional physical activity options (more great ideas here). Though, moderate to vigorous activity such as a brisk walk, a jog, a spot of power walking or a higher intensity fitness class can contribute to longer life expectancy.
Experts say this research should drive doctors to prescribe more intense physical activity to their patients, particularly older females. Something our Exercise Referral Specialists will already be familiar with.
Throughout the study, more than 17,700 women with an average age of 72 wore an activity monitoring device for seven days. This is one of the first fitness studies of this kind to measure results using a wearable devide called a triaxial accelerometer.
The researchers found that more moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity was associated with roughly a 60 percent to 70 percent lower risk of death at the end of the study among the most active women, compared to the least active.
Great news for older adults as we see an increase in the number of retirees embarking on a quest to be fitter and more active.
Before retirement, heading to the daily grind not only takes up the majority of our day, but throw in commuting time, family and social schedules, and it’s clear to see how we struggle to cram in time for exercise. For those older adults that have ditched the nine to five, they’re finding they have much more time to fit in hobbies, social lives, family time and still make room for exercise.
It’s great to hear that so many retirees are choosing to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, when the temptation can be too easy to fall into a sedentary retirement slump. As our Older Adult Fitness Course students will agree, not only does regular exercise reduce the risk of memory decline, muscle loss and heart disease, but it also encourages healthy diet, and provides a social environment for those missing the buzz of a work environment.
If you’re looking to add a specialist bow to your belt, our Older Adult Fitness Coach course could be the next big move for you. With the over 60′s increasingly taking up healthier lifestyles, they’ll be looking for qualified specialists to show them the way for a fitter future.
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