It's Never Too Late - To Get Off Your Duff

It's Never Too Late - To Get Off Your Duff

09.06.12 | By

Yet more proof of the value of exercise - at every age. This New York Times article looks at a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine on the value of exercise to long-term health.

What University of Texas researchers found is:

"Adults who had been the least fit at the time of their middle-age checkup also were the most likely to have developed any of eight serious or chronic conditions early in the aging process. These include heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and colon or lung cancer.

"The adults who'd been the most fit in their 40s and 50s often developed many of the same conditions, but notably their maladies appeared significantly later in life than for the less fit. Typically, the most aerobically fit people lived with chronic illnesses in the final five years of their lives, instead of the final 10, 15 or even 20 years."

As the Times points out, this might not seem like a startling discovery on its face, but it certainly underscores the value of exercise and watching your health, especially as part of a long-term strategy to avoid chronic diseases.

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