WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Staying Active Study

By: Ninette Sosa
By: Ninette Sosa

It's a well known fact that exercise is good for your health.

Now a new study indicates keeping active may be even more important for the elderly.

Ninette Sosa reports in today's Health Minute.

A new study out of the United Kingdom finds that seniors who maintain their mobility appear to remain healthier and more independent later in life.

The study followed seniors ages 72 - 92 who were part of a larger 25-year study on ways to improve quality of life in older people. The study participants wore a device similar to a pedometer to measure the number of steps taken daily, and their movements were monitored with a tracking device, similar to a gps.

The study found that the seniors who were considered to be moderately active, walked an average of 6000 steps a day, and got out of the house at least once a day.

Those seniors tested much higher in both balance and mobility than their less active counterparts.

Health experts believe that physical activity improves muscle mass and bone density, and has been shown to help improve overall health from heart disease to diabetes.

The study's authors suggest maintaining mobility not only helps seniors stay in good physical health, it also allows them to remain socially active, and that reduces levels of depression.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.

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