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Seniors Benefit from Light Activity

gardening-couple.jpgPosted June 30, 2015

 

We all know that moderate exercise and activity is good for your health. According to a new study by Paul Loprinzi, assistant professor of exercise science and health promotion at the University of Mississippi, seniors should also be encouraged to engage in regular lower intensity exercise whenever they can.

Doing things such as walking while talking on the phone, instead of sitting down during your conversation will increase your overall physical activity level. Other light activity includes things such as walking, slow dancing, household chores and leisurely sports such as table tennis. Seniors who did 300 minutes or more per week of light activity were 18 percent healthier than seniors, had better insulin levels and lower risk for chronic health diseases. They also had less body fat and smaller waists than their less active peers.

There are 168 hours in a week, 300 minutes is about 3 percent of the time. This 3 percent, or 5 hours a week of light exercise, leads to a nice array of health benefits, typically does not require doctors approval and is very appealing to seniors as a way of achieving health benefits. 

Resource: Health.com

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