Individuals around the age of retirement may be less inclined to start a new fitness program, but experts suggest that there is still a wide array of benefits available to late-starters who begin a regular exercise program in their golden years. While options may become more limited as you grow older, the practice of engaging in regular physical activity provides numerous health benefits and can help maintain your health.
A recent study that was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine lends credibility to the notion that a new fitness plan can help promote healthy aging and reduce the risk factors of certain ailments regardless of age. The research focused on a group of 3,500 individuals around the age of retirement. Some had been engaged in regular fitness programs for many years, while others were relatively new to working out. A third group who never exercised and led a more sedentary lifestyle was also part of the eight-year study. The findings indicated that those who participated in regular exercise programs drastically reduced their risk of developing cardiovascular complications, chronic blood glucose conditions and certain mental issues.
"The take-home message really is to keep moving when you are elderly," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Hamer of University College in London. "It's [a] cliche, but it's a case of use it or lose it. You do lose the benefits if you don't remain active."