A new study has revealed that elderly people who walk an hour or more each day are less likely to die and or be prone to serious illness compared with their less active counterparts. The research was carried out among 248 Italian volunteers, living in a mountain community, whose average age was 85.9 years. During the 24-month experiment, 12 percent of the volunteers died, but the mortality was a third higher among those who walked less than an hour each day. They were also likelier to be depressed, have cognitive impairment, bad heart problems, osteoarthritis and high blood pressure compared to those in the "walking" group. The paper appears in the journal Preventive Medicine, published by the Dutch group Elsevier.Source: AFPRAS/S << Chinese Milk Scandal Claims Three Lives - Thousands Sickene... Dateless Aussie Singles Taking to Billboards to Find Love >> Recommended Reading Heart Rate (Pulse Rate) During Physical Exertion Heart rate (pulse rate) during physical exertion calculator calculates maximum heart rate and safe pulse rate zone for exercise. Know how low and high pulse rate affect your health. READ MORE Virtual Reality Treadmill for the Wheelchair-bound on the Anvil Exercising for the wheelchair bound may soon turn out to be fun, thanks to 'TrekEase', an arcade driving game of sorts, which is being developed by the University of Texas alumnus and students. READ MORE Mood-boosting Benefits Attributed to Aerobics Indiana University psychologists say that aerobic activities can offer more mood-boosting benefits to people than strength training. 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 Selfie Addiction Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Hearing Loss Calculator 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?