How does Exercise Support Health Later in Life?

New research shows that older adults who exercise regularly can perform everyday tasks more easily and gain independence.

Insufficient physical activity causes around 3.2 million deaths worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

These declining levels of physical activity may be due, in part, to an increase in sedentary behavior, heavy traffic areas, pollution, and a lack of parks and facilities.

For adults aged 65 and above, experts define physical activity as a combination of everyday tasks, such as work duties (if applicable), transportation, chores, and exercise they do during leisure time, such as walking, swimming, and gardening.

According to the WHO, older adults who exercise regularly are less likely to have high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. They also have lower rates of all-cause mortality, a higher level of cardiorespiratory fitness, and a more healthful body mass overall.

They also have a better cognitive function and are less likely to fall. The study also found that those who engage in physical activity develop more independence and have greater self-worth.

These benefits create a positive chain reaction because the older adults will require less support and will, therefore, be less reliant on others.

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