You know the old saying that goes “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” People are living longer and longer and unfortunately for many of them, the final years are not all that good. In great measure that is due to a negligent life style that didn’t give the body what it needed for the long haul. It’s absolutely true that consistent exercise can help extend your life and it’s never too late to start getting some of the much needed benefits that exercise provides.
Israeli researchers have found that even in the very elderly, exercise pays off by adding years to the lives of those in their 80’s. Their study compared the elderly who were inactive (having less than four hours of exercise per week) to those who did more than four hours a week (considered active in this particular study) and found that those who remained active had a 3 year survival rate that was 3 times higher than their inactive counterparts.
Another finding was that a little goes a long way when it comes to getting your body moving https://tragedyinfo.com/julie-eberly-obituary-death-julie-eberly-manheim-pa-julie-eberly-cause-of-death/. Some of the participants in the study walked for only 15 minutes a few times a day but that was enough to derive the
benefits. It was good news for those who don’t particularly like exercise because the benefits were consistent for those who got the requisite four hours of activity with those who spent more time and expended more energy.
As with any other age group, the octogenarians reaped many side benefits in addition to added longevity. Among these benefits were less depression (a problem with a significant number of elderly people) and less loneliness (another factor that hampers the quality of life of the elderly).
The message rings loud and clear – we have to keep our bodies moving. There’s another old saying that states, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” and this is very true of our bodies ability to perform it’s necessary functions.