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Aerobic Exercise Helps Seniors Fight Off Disability and Live Longer


Going for a run or participating in other forms of aerobic exercise could help people to ward off disability and live longer, according to results of a study conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Benjamin WE Wang's thirteen-year-long study followed 370 members of a running club and 270 non-members. All participants were at least 50 years old at the start of the study. Results showed that those who belonged to the running club were significantly less likely to develop a disability than non-members were. Similarly, non-members who ran occasionally were also less likely than non-runners to develop disabilities. Furthermore, runners who did develop a disability did so, on average, nine years later than non-runners. As well as preventing and delaying disability, running also appears to reduce the risk of death. Non-members were three times more likely to die during the study than members of the running club.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Archives of Internal Medicine 2002; 162:2285-2294

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