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At Any Age, It’s Wise to Exercise

Posted May 06 2009 1:33pm

The benefits of exercise have been well-documented over the years. Among other benefits, numerous studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the incidence of disease, promote weight loss, and improve mental health. A recent long-term study set out to examine if exercising during the senior years benefits people who were previously sedentary.

Canadian researchers investigated two groups of previously sedentary healthy adults, ages 55-75 years at baseline, for 10 years. One group remained sedentary during the study period, while the other group engaged in regular exercise. consisting of 30- to 45-minute aerobic sessions, three times a week, for a minimum of 46 weeks a year.

At the conclusion of the study, researchers examined data for 161 participants in the active group and 136 participants in the sedentary group. Among their findings: “The active group showed a significantly lower prevalence (11%) of metabolic syndrome than the sedentary group (28%) at 10 years.” (Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that can lead to type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, among other health problems.) The sedentary group also had a 13% decrease in fitness over the 10-year study period, while the exercise group showed a small increase in fitness levels. In the exercise group, HDL, or “good” cholesterol, increased by 9%, whereas the sedentary group showed an 18% decrease in HDL. The active group also had “fewer comorbid conditions, and fewer signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease” than their sedentary counterparts.

We, here at Gray Chiropractic, can help design a comprehensive exercise program suitable to your needs.

The benefits of exercise have been well-documented over the years. Among other benefits, numerous studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the incidence of disease, promote weight loss, and improve mental health. A recent long-term study set out to examine if exercising during the senior years benefits people who were previously sedentary.

Canadian researchers investigated two groups of previously sedentary healthy adults, ages 55-75 years at baseline, for 10 years. One group remained sedentary during the study period, while the other group engaged in regular exercise. consisting of 30- to 45-minute aerobic sessions, three times a week, for a minimum of 46 weeks a year.

At the conclusion of the study, researchers examined data for 161 participants in the active group and 136 participants in the sedentary group. Among their findings: “The active group showed a significantly lower prevalence (11%) of metabolic syndrome than the sedentary group (28%) at 10 years.” (Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that can lead to type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, among other health problems.) The sedentary group also had a 13% decrease in fitness over the 10-year study period, while the exercise group showed a small increase in fitness levels. In the exercise group, HDL, or “good” cholesterol, increased by 9%, whereas the sedentary group showed an 18% decrease in HDL. The active group also had “fewer comorbid conditions, and fewer signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease” than their sedentary counterparts.

We, here at Gray Chiropractic, can help design a comprehensive exercise program suitable to your needs.

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