New Research Demonstrates Connection Between Physical Activity and Healthier Aging

Studies in Archives of Internal Medicine examine associations between exercise and cognitive function, bone density, and overall health.

Senior exercise classExercise has previously been linked to beneficial effects on arthritis, falls and fractures, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. All of these conditions threaten older adults’ ability to function independently and handle tasks of daily living.

“Regular physical activity has been associated with greater longevity, as well as with reduced risk of physical disability and dependence, the most important health outcome for most older people,” said Jeff Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., and Marco Pahor, M.D., of University of Florida. “Now, four new studies move the scientific enterprise in this area further along the path toward the goal of understanding the full range of important aging-related outcomes for which exercise has a clinically relevant impact.”

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