Older expats who take regular exercise stay healthier longer

Published:  4 Dec at 6 PM
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The recently published results of a survey have revealed that the elderly who take up regular exercise later in their lives are three times healthier than their couch potato counterparts.

According to the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, pensioners who take up exercising can stave off the chance of dementia or serious ill health. After tracking the health of 3,500 volunteers averagely aged 64 for a period of eight full years, researchers concluded that, for the elderly, significant health benefits are attached to taking regular exercise.

The participants were checked bi-annually as to the intensity and frequency of their exercise regimes, with the results categorised into inactive, moderately active weekly and vigorously active weekly. Changes to the established regimes were noted at each evaluation session.

The medical condition of the participants as well as their mental states were initially assessed and recorded, and the results showed that 20 percent had aged healthily, giving a direct link between regular exercise and healthy ageing. Those who exercised regularly over the period of the survey were an amazing seven times more likely to enjoy absence of disease and a high level of physical and cognitive functioning.

Expat retirees with more time on their hands, especially those living in warmer countries, are perfectly placed to take advantage of the findings and improve their health. Swimming is a great exercise as it utilises the entire body, most towns in popular expat destinations now have at least one fitness centre, and a brisk walk along the beach or in glorious countryside is the easiest way to stay healthy.
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