Only Take a Little Moderate Exercise to Make Big Difference
Adding 48 minutes of moderate exercise per week is associated with improvements in overall physical functioning and decreases in risks of immobility in older adults who are sedentary, finds a new study led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University.
In the study, published in PLOS ONE, the researchers evaluated how different doses of exercise for adults age 70-89 would impact the benefits. While the researchers saw improvements in all participants who added some physical activity to their routine, those who got more exercise, moderate exercise, saw greater changes. The work is part of the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study.
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