Physical activity is an important part of healthy ageing

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Physical activity is an important part of healthy ageing

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Physical activity is associated with longevity, even in the very old

Physical activity is a modifiable lifestyle factor that we all know is important for health, but how much and what type is best for older people? In this article Ngaire Kerse and Kristina Zawaly summarise recent research that indicates the commonly recommended 10,000 steps per day may not be necessary. It also describes how physical activities that have a cognitive load may help with dementia

Since the 1950s, when it was discovered bus drivers didn’t live as long as their bus conductor counterparts, researchers have repeatedly proven exerci
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