Even Easy Exercise Is Linked to a Longer Life

If you’re looking for ways to extend your life—and make those extra years healthier—heed this advice: Move at least a little and get out of the house as often as you can.

Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, cognitive decline, and type 2 diabetes, but most of the research has focused on people younger than 65.

In the first study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Dutch researchers wanted to find out if being physically active (whether through work, exercise, household chores, or leisure activities) might reduce cardiovascular disease risk in older adults the way it does in those younger than 65.

Almost 25,000 men and women in three different age groups reported their activity levels, and over the next 18 years, researchers tracked deaths and hospitalizations that were due to cardiovascular disease “events,” such as a heart attack or stroke.

They found that physical activity was just as closely linked to a lower risk of heart disease in adults over 65 as it was in those are younger.

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