Exercising in middle age can have major benefits in golden years

Bryan Aldrige

November 18, 2010

It's never too late to start exercising and The New York Times recently reported that those who manage to change their lifestyle in their 40s or 50s have a much better chance of still being independent during their golden years.

The key is for individuals to stay active as they grow older. While muscle strength may decline, gerontologists have found that it is possible to slow the rate at which it declines.

Dr Mark Lachs, director of geriatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, told the news source that the age that adults start exercising isn't important, as long as they start doing it. This can mean as little as a daily walking regimen.

"It's not like we're prescribing chemotherapy – it's walking," Dr. Lachs added. "Even the smallest interventions can produce substantial benefits [and] significantly delay your date with disability."

Many older adults may want to start a fitness program that ensures their independence in their later years.

However, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in three seniors fall each year, an incident which can result in disability. To protect against the worst effects of falls, individuals may want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This allows users to instantly send a medical alert to doctors if they require assistance.

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