About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Thirty Minutes of Exercise Every Day Increases Lifespan of Elderly People

by Shirley Johanna on May 17, 2015 at 8:54 PM
Font : A-A+

Thirty Minutes of Exercise Every Day Increases Lifespan of Elderly People

Elderly men who exercise daily for 30 minutes, six days a week can increase their life expectancy and lower the risk of death by 40 percent, says a new study. For men in this age group, just a small amount of regular exercise regardless of intensity is as beneficial as giving up smoking, said researchers.

The evidence comes from a major project in Norway called the Oslo Study.

Advertisement

In it, doctors enrolled thousands of men born between 1923 and 1932, who were given health checkups and volunteered information about their lifestyle and physical activity.

The initiative was launched in 1972-3 with a first survey among nearly 15,000 men. In 2000, the survey was repeated among the same group, of whom 12,700 had survived. Of these 5,700 were able or willing to continue in the research. By 2011, deaths reduced this total to just under 3,600.
Advertisement

The researchers were struck by the impact of regular physical exercise during the 2000-2011 period, when the volunteers were aged in their seventies or eighties.

"A mortality reduction of 40 percent was associated with a moderate use of time (30 minutes, six days a week) irrespective of whether the activity was light or vigorous," their study said.

Among those who exercised vigorously - defined as hard training several times a week - the lifespan was a whopping five years longer than among those who were sedentary.

The study, led by Ingar Holme, a professor at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, is published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Volunteers who took part in the study after the re-launch in 2000 were the healthiest survivors of the original batch, which potentially skews some of the data.

But even when this is taken into account, the benefits of regular exercise were clear, the authors said.

"Physical activity should be targeted to the same extent as smoking with respect to public health prevention efforts in the elderly," they said.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Can Adjusting Fatty Acid Intake Improve Mood in Bipolar Disorder Patients?
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
Emotional Healing
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Tips to Live Longer Diseases Related to Old Age Exercise and Fitness Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Body Types and Befitting Workouts Exercise To Gain Weight Top Health Tips to Overcome Tiredness Fitness Through Density Training Program Exercises to Grow Taller 

Recommended Reading
Exercise Combined With Diet Supplementation can Prevent Muscle Loss in Old Age
An estimated 30% to 50% of muscle mass is lost among senior citizens and this results in lower ......
No Exercise and Unhealthy Lifestyle Increase Risk of Stroke Among Middle-Aged in the UK
The number of hospital admissions for strokes among 40 to 54-year-old men rose from 4,260 in 2000 .....
Green Tea Extract and Exercise Slows Down Progression of Alzheimer's Disease
The commonly found extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), could lead to advancements in the ......
Exercise Better Than Medicine for Longer Life Among Older Women
Researchers at Queensland University of Technology suggest that recommending moderate to high ......
Body Types and Befitting Workouts
Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body....
Diseases Related to Old Age
Ageing is referred to the accumulation of changes that brings a person closer to death....
Exercise and Fitness
Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way...
Exercise To Gain Weight
Are you underweight and want to know how to gain weight? Exercise or workouts can help you gain weig...
Exercises to Grow Taller
An article that highlights on the list of exercises that aids to grow taller....
Fitness through Density Training Program
Density Training is an effective weight training workout which helps to quickly build muscle and los...
Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!
Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health...
Tips to Live Longer
Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living h...
Top Health Tips to Overcome Tiredness
If you follow a healthy lifestyle and still feel tired, you should rule out all possible medical cau...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use