Regular walking 'can cut early death in older people'

16 January 2013

Older people can do a lot to boost their wellbeing by taking part in a 15-minute stroll four times a week, according to a new study.

So important is engaging in this light exercise – which needs to be performed outside – that it can cut the risk of an early death by as much as 40 per cent.

Italian researchers said that regular walking in open space is helpful as fresh air and exercise combine to boost the immune system, strengthen bones and help tackle obesity.

The authors of the study - which was published in the journal Matuitas - stated: "Overall survival was highest for subjects walking in the open air four times a week for at least 15 minutes in comparison to subjects walking less than four times a week."

Additionally, those who engaged in regular activities such as this are more likely to eat healthy and be less prone to feeling depressed.

Walking can also help identify other issues. For example, last year it was revealed by Oregon Health and Science University that the speed at which an older person walks can give away telltale signs of dementia.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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