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Exercise Can Extend Life, Even for the Elderly, New Study Finds

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Exercise Can Extend Life, Even for the Elderly, New Study Finds

Exercise Can Extend Life, Even for the Elderly, New Study Finds

Exercise Can Extend Life, , Even for the Elderly, , New Study Finds.

The study was conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It was published on Oct.

17 in the journal 'JAMA Open Network.'.

In addition to at least two and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity a week, .

... the study found that men over the age of 65 who also incorporated strength training between two and six days a week lived longer than those who didn't.

We found that each type of physical activity was independently associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality in older adults, Dr. Bryant Webber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via CNN.

Those who met the muscle-strengthening guideline only (versus neither guideline) had (a) 10% lower risk of mortality, , Dr. Bryant Webber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via CNN.

... those who met the aerobic guideline only had 24% lower risk of mortality, and those who met both guidelines had 30% lower risk, Dr. Bryant Webber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via CNN.

The findings even apply to members of the population who are over the age of 85.

People over 85 who fulfill both aspects of the guidelines lowered their risk of death by 28 percent.

Study authors say that this suggests the benefits of exercise extend into the later stages of a person's lifespan.

This finding suggests that aerobic and muscle- strengthening physical activity is valuable throughout the lifespan, Dr. Bryant Webber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via CNN.

The CDC's strength training guidelines suggest the necessary exercises can be done anywhere, including at home.

Study authors say that everyday activities such as “lifting canned goods could be considered a muscle-strengthening activity.”.

Data for the study were culled from the CDC's ongoing National Health Interview Survey


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