There is little debate diet and exercise are the keys to good health and a longer life, but Study Finds reported seniors who walk for 30 minutes a day cuts their risk for death from any cause.
Elderly adults (average age of 69) are 67% less likely to die if they were physically active at least 150 minutes a week, per one study. And, in another, elderly women (with an average age of 79) were 38% less likely to die from a heart attack, heart failure, and stroke if they walk 2,100-4,500 steps per day.
“Finding a way to physically move more in an activity that suits your capabilities and is pleasurable is extremely important for all people, and especially for older people who may have risk factors for cardiovascular diseases,” Oakland University professor Barry A. Franklin said in a release by the American Heart Association.
“Physical activities such as brisk walking can help manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol, improve glucose control among many benefits.”
The first study found just 30 minutes of even light activity like chores or walking rendered 205 lower risk of dying, while just 30 minutes of sedentary behavior renders a 32% higher chance of dying, according to the report.
“Promoting light-intensity physical activity and reducing sedentary time may be a more practical alternative among older adults,” Boston University research Joowon Lee, Ph.D., said, per Study Finds.
It is notable in the studies, it does not require a stringent workout regimen.
“Despite popular beliefs, there is little evidence that people need to aim for 10,000 steps daily to get cardiovascular benefits from walking,” California, San Diego professor Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D., said, per the report. “Our study showed that getting just over 4,500 steps per day is strongly associated with reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease in older women.
“Taking more steps per day, even just a few more, is achievable, and step counts are an easy-to-understand way to measure how much we are moving. There are many inexpensive wearable devices to choose from. Our research shows that older women reduce their risk of heart disease by moving more in their daily life, including light activity and taking more steps. Being up and about, instead of sitting, is good for your heart.”