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It's Never Too Late to Exercise

Research from the University of Montreal showed that older adults, even those who are frail, can improve their physical and mental health by participating in physical activity. It's never too late to benefit from exercise. Research from the University of Montreal shows that older adults, even those who are frail, can improve their physical and mental health by participating in physical activity.

Benefits of low-impact activity

The University of Montreal study reported that more than half of adults over the age of 65 are considered to be frail. However, there's good news for older adults who have trouble with heavy physical exercise. The research showed that a gruelling workout isn't necessary. Even with a less intense version of exercise, people can still experience all of the positive health effects of staying active.

The study included 83 healthy older adults between the ages of 61 and 89 whose physical and mental health and quality of life were evaluated before and after the experiment. One group participated in regular physical activity in a social setting three times a week for 12 weeks, and the other group refrained from exercise. At the end of the study, it was discovered that those who regularly performed the activity had better endurance, memory and social relationships than those who did not. Scientists also noted that, regardless of a participant's frailty, the benefits were equally shared.

Activities for older adults

America's National Council on Ageing lists several ways for an older adult to stay active. While fear of pain and fatigue could all deter older people from engaging in exercise, especially if any proposed exercise is too fast. Many care homes offer classes and other physical activity that is built around gentle exercise

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