A recent study developed by the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo shows that elders can reduce death risks with half hours of daily exercises. The findings of the research were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine at the beginning of the month.
Medical researchers have been paying recent attention to the way in which daily physical exercises can improve the health condition of individuals who have long exceeded the middle age threshold. Recent studies that were carried out prove that elders can significantly reduce death risks by exercising 30 minutes per day six times a week.
The percentage of death risks that scientists found to be reduced amounts to 40. This drop is significant as it is comparable to the results that people have registered after quitting smoke. Nevertheless, elders should not only rely on physical activities; they also have to completely give up their destructive habits, otherwise sports won’t really make a difference.
The research was performed on a group of 6,000 respondents aged 60+ who were asked to carry out mild physical activities each day for several months. At the beginning and the end of the study period, participants were subjected to various health screenings and tests.
The group was divided into two major sections. The first group was asked to get involved in mild physical activities, such as, gardening and cleaning the house on a daily basis, whereas the second category of elderly people was asked to practice more vigorous sports (aerobics, swimming, etc.).
Tests have shown that the health condition of most respondents has been significantly improved. Yet, only those participants who have been involved in rather strenuous activities have registered a significant improvement of their health condition. Statistics have revealed that death risks were lowered by 44 percent among respondents of the second category.
Benefic as sport may be, respondents should, nevertheless, quit other addictions or bad habits. The study has further revealed that participants who have given up smoke between the initial and the final screening had reduced death risks by 41 per cent. Death risk rates remained almost unchanged in the case of elderly smokers.
Researchers concluded their recent medical investigation with several suggestions for elderly people’s caretakers. They suggested the latter to encourage middle-aged people to get involved in physical activities as much as possible. Half-hour trainings should be held each day to prevent people in shelters from becoming inactive.
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