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How important is physical activity for people over 60? What are the benefits of physical exercise and how are they affecting older people's health? We will talk about it in this article thanks to the support of an article published on the portal medicalnewstoday.com.
According to a study conducted by the WHO (World Health Organization), the number of people over 60 on the planet will reach 2 billion by 2050 (in 2015 it was 900 million). A study published by the European Heart Journal and quoted from our source article tells how, thanks to physical activity, it is possible to reduce the occurrence of health problems such as heart attacks, strokes and so on. Let's find out in detail how this research was done.
The study, conducted by Kyuwoong Kim of the Biomedical Sciences Department at Seoul National University, South Korea, analysed the data of more than one million men and women aged 67 years on average (data collected by the Korean National Health Insurance Service). Those taking part in the research underwent two health checks a few years apart: during both sessions they were asked what was the level of physical activity performed. The interviews showed that, unfortunately, a large part of the participants remained physically inactive in the period between check-ups. 22% of them, on the other hand, kept a constant level of physical activity.
Those who were able to exercise without ever interrupting the cycle and even increased the days of physical activity had been able to record positive changes in their general health status. Those exercising between 3 and 4 times a week lowered the risk of heart problems by 11%. Also participants with disabilities experienced a decrease in cardiovascular criticality by about 16 %.
Those who, on the other hand, have drastically reduced physical activity have increased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 27%.
In short, the message of the study is very clear: physical activity, if done consistently, can make us feel better and improve everyone's life expectancy - not just the elderly people involved in the study. Both young people and adults alike should prioritise body care and exercise on a daily basis.
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