Researchers at Queensland University of Technology suggest that recommending moderate to high intensity physical activity to older age women was better than medicine in reducing the risk of death among the age group.
QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation claimed that instead of the conventional mode of physical and mental health medication doctors should prescribe customized exercises.
This study stands on the grounds of five years of research looking into the impact of exercise on mental and physical health in women over the age of 50, and clearly shows that moderate to vigorous intensity activity could have mental and physical health benefits.
The research also added that older women should be doing high intensity exercise for at least 30-45 minutes five times a week, but it should be tailored to ensure that its high intensity is enough to obtain the positive sustained effects of exercise.
By promoting healthy ageing has become an important strategy for reducing morbidity and mortality. The doctors should also develop exercise programs that are home-based and easy to incorporate as part of everyday activities.
This study is published in the international journal of midlife health and beyond, Maturitas.