You will live longer and have a lower risk of disability
It is never too late to start exercising, scientists claimed, as research showed adults who begin to work out in their later years still appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability.
In more than a decade of work, Israeli academics took nearly 2,000 pensioners aged 70 and tested their fitness at ages 70, 78, and 85. Those doing less than four hours of exercise a week were classed as ‘sedentary’ and those doing four hours were termed ‘active’.
The team from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University Medical Centre and Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School found active 70- to 78-year-olds were 12 per cent less likely to die than their sedentary counterparts.
Those between 78 and 85 were 15 per cent less likely to die. And those aged 85 to 88 were 17 per cent less likely to die.
The benefits of exercise were also found to include more independence, less loneliness and better general health. The authors wrote: ‘The clinical ramifications are far-reaching. As this rapidly growing sector of the population assumes a prominent position in preventive and public health measures, our findings clearly support the continued encouragement of physical activity, even among the oldest old.
‘Indeed, it seems that it is never too late to start.’