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It's never too late to get in shape, says study

PEOPLE who start to exercise even late in life can still reap the benefits, according to a study published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine on Monday.
MyPaper - November 27, 2013
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It's never too late to get in shape, says study

PEOPLE who start to exercise even late in life can still reap the benefits, according to a study published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine on Monday.

Researchers tracked the health of nearly 3,500 Britons, whose average age was 64, for more than eight years.

People who had a record of sustained and regular exercise - meaning vigorous activity at least once a week - boosted their likelihood of "healthy ageing" sevenfold, compared to those with a lifestyle of persistent inactivity.

The gain among newcomers to exercise was roughly triple.

"Significant health benefits were...seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life," the study found.

Exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and depression, BBC reported.

Lead investigator Mark Hamer of University College London said: "The take-home message really is to keep moving when you are elderly."

Dr Hamer said physical activity does not necessarily mean going to the gym or going for a run - gardening or walking to the shops also count.

"Healthy ageing" was rated by an absence of major diseases and disabilities, good mental health - the lack of depression or cognitive decline - and the ability to maintain social connections.

Around a fifth of the volunteers fell into this category at the eight-year follow-up mark.

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