Saturday, October 17, 2009

Is It Too Late To Start An Exercise Program?

Dr. Jeremy Jacobs of the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center wrote a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine that it is never too late to start a fitness and exercise program: "Physical Activity, Function, and Longevity Among the Very Old.' "

Previously sedentary 85-year old individuals were put on a 4 hour per week fitness program. Their 3-year survival rate was double that of inactive 85-year old individuals.

The 4-hours of activity does not have to be done all at once. A 15-minute stroll a few times a day is sufficient to show a physical fitness benefit as long as it totals to, at least, 4-hours per week of activity.


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