Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility, And It’s Not Too Late To Start.

October 12th, 2016

People who have reached their later years may think it’s primarily a time to relax, not to increase their physical activity. Not so. Previous research has suggested that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults, among other benefits. And a study out Monday finds that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability.

Researchers took more than 1,600 sedentary people between 70 and 89 years old who had some functional limitations, but who could walk about a quarter of a mile in 15 minutes or less, unassisted by another person or a walker. (Canes were OK.)

Excerpted from an article from NPR Shots – Health News by Katherine Hobson, a freelance health and science writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y.  To read the full article, click here.