A 40-minute daily walk can cut disability risk in older adults, suggests a new study. During the study, 26 low-income adults aged 60 and older were randomly assigned to either a walking exercise group, which met three times a week for four months, or a nutrition education control group At the beginning of the study, the group would walk for 10 minutes continually, but as the weeks progressed, they increased their walking time to 40 continuous minutes. It suggested that elderly could decrease their risk of disability and increase their likelihood of maintaining independence by 41 percent. "Our study found that walking offers tremendous health benefits that can help older adults stay independent," said study co-author M. Elaine Cress, professor of kinesiology and researcher in the UGA Institute of Gerontology. Trudy Moore-Harrison, the lead author of the study and a former UGA doctoral student, said the researchers focused their study on low-income individuals because people with fewer financial resources are less likely to be physically active and are more likely to have chronic health conditions and lack health care coverage. The team from University of Georgia also measured the aerobic capacity of the participants using a treadmill test and found that while the control group saw an 9 percent decline in aerobic capacity over the four-month study period, the aerobic capacity of the walking group increased by 19 percent over the same time period. The walking exercise group also improved their physical function by 25 percent. While the control group saw their risk of disability increase over the four-month period, the walking exercise group saw their disability risk go from 66 percent to 25 percent - a decrease of 41 percent in just four months. "We know that walking is good for you, but too many people still aren't doing it,". "This study shows that just walking on a regular basis can make a huge impact on quality of life," Moore-Harrison said. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.Source: ANISRM << Ronnie Wood Finally Checks into Rehab A Woman's Secret to a Happy Old Age >> Recommended Reading Seniors: Stay Physically Active and Avoid Disability A new study has suggested that seniors who are physically active and exercise for more than 60 minutes each week can lessen their chances of disability as they age. READ MORE Physical Activity Increases With Walking Interventions Need a motivation to get out of the sofa and indulge in some physical activity? Well, then try out various walking interventions, for according to a new research, a variety of interventions READ MORE Walking Stick Linked to Slowdown in Knee Osteoarthritis Progression A new study by researchers at the University of Melbourne has revealed that using a cane might reduce the risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA) progression, a common, incurable joint disease, READ MORE Stay Youthful And Feel Splendid With Exercise A new article is, once again, all about the benefits that excercise could bring into our lives. It urges to include physical activity into our daily fitness regime and enjoy the big difference! READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Find a Doctor Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?