Light physical activity every day can help people from developing disabilities as they age
Light physical activity like pushing a shopping cart or a vacuum every day, can help people with or at risk of knee arthritis avoid developing disabilities as they age, a new study suggests.
It is known that the more time people spend in moderate or vigorous activities, the less likely they are to develop disability, but this is the first study to show that spending more time in light activities can help prevent disability, too.
"Our findings provide encouragement for adults who may not be candidates to increase physical activity intensity due to health limitations," Dorothy Dunlop, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study said.
"Even among those who did almost no moderate activity, the more light activity they did, the less likely they were to develop disability," she said.
The study is published in the British Medical Journal.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)