When it comes to older adults exercising a new study has found that just one hour of physical activity per week can help ward off disability.
According to USA Today, the study – published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine – found that older adults with pain in their hips or legs could stave off potential disability in the future by participating in moderate physical activity for just 10 minutes a day.
USA Today is reporting the study was carried out by researchers at Northwestern University who analyzed data from more than 1500 adults in the Osteoarthritis Initiative from four areas: Baltimore; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; and Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Researchers found that older adults who participated in one hour per week of physical activity had an 85 percent lower risk of a mobility disability.
“The more active you are, the more health benefits you get,” lead author of the study and professor of preventive medicine Dorothy Dunlop, said in an interview with USA Today. “But if you can start to do at least 10 minutes a day of moderate activity, that may help you hold on to your abilities to stay independent.”