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Even a Little Exercise Extends Mobility in Seniors

By Matt McMillen , , ,

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Even small amounts of exercise can help keep you mobile in your golden years. Researchers recruited 1,635 men and women ages 70 to 89 who exercised less than 20 minutes a week. The average participant was obese, and about 25 percent had diabetes. Half took exercise classes and were encouraged to gradually build toward at least 150 minutes a week of walking and weight lifting. The other half attended only health education classes. After two years, those who exercised the most dropped their risk for mobility problems by 71 percent. But even smaller amounts of exercise made a difference. All it took was at least 48 minutes of exercise per week to reduce the risk of disability by 10 to 32 percent.
Source: PLOS One, Aug. 18, 2017