Exercise, we all know, is vital to good health at every age. Still, according to The New York Times,  “scientific evidence about its benefits to the old and infirm has been surprisingly lacking.”

Lacking, that is, until now. Scientists at eight universities have recently released a report on a large study (1,635 sedentary men and women between ages 70 and 89) that provides the desired scientific evidence. “For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise [in this case, group walking] can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people,” said Dr. Marco Pahor, director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the lead author of the study.

Read more about this study, the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders trial (LIFE).

 

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Women’s Voices has posted many articles by physicians or physical therapists on how to exercise. Among them:

 

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