Move More, Live Longer
For older adults, the secret to living longer may be moving more. In a nationwide study of 3,029 adults ages 50 to 79 who wore fitness trackers for a week, those who were the most active had one-fifth the risk of dying over a five-year period compared with the least-active participants. Replacing 30 minutes a day of sedentary time with light activity, such as vacuuming or walking, was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of dying over five years. Replacing 60 minutes of TV time with a 60-minute stroll would increase a person’s chance of living five years longer by 40 percent. So, what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, published online Feb. 25, 2016