There is all kinds of advice to help ensure we can live independently in later life. A new JAMA study shows that exercise increases the likelihood that older adults can move freely and easily over time. And, this mobility or free and easy movement, in turn, reduces the likelihood of hospitalization, disability and death.
The researchers studied whether a long-term structured physical activity program, including walking, better helps older adults to remain able to move around easily than a health education program. They worked with 1635 people with physical limitations who were not active, between the ages of 70 and 89. And, they found that, overall, those who engaged in aerobic exercises and strength training were more mobile than those who participated in the health education program.
Exercise also may be your best bet for bone health; it lowers your risk of stroke; it’s good for heart health as well. And, exercise can help you recover faster in the hospital. Exercise can also improve your balance.