Strong link found between regular exercise and better health for women over 50

Strong link found between regular exercise and better health for women over 50
Always being urged to exercise and a new study of more than 10,000 women is proof it can help ensure good health later in life, even if you don't start until your mid 50s. Lead author Ben Newton joins us now from the University of Sydney. Good afternoon to you, Ben, and welcome. Tell us about this study. Who was involved and how long did it take? Good afternoon. So we followed women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. So more than 11,000 women. And we use data that was collected at three-year intervals and this data included information about their physical activity levels and health related quality of life. So that's what enabled us to ask these questions. So you had all sorts of different women of varying ages and levels of fitness. Tell us about that. So when the women first started the study, there were about 47 to 52 years of age and then we followed them for over 18 years. So for 15 years we looked at their physical activity levels, their patterns. Were they? Some of them were consistently active throughout that period. Others might not have been very active to start with and then they picked up their activity later on in midlife. And we'll compare them to women that never met the physically physical activity guidelines throughout that period. So what are the results show you then? So there were two main findings. Now. The first one is that women that exercise regularly throughout the 15 years had better physical health than those that never met the World Health Organization Physical activity Guidelines. Kind of exercise are we talking about when you mention that 150 minutes and and how much of a difference can it make? It can make a big difference. So the second important finding was that if women hadn't started to become physical, physically active yet, if they did so by the mid 50s, they still gained some important health benefits. So in terms of exercise, I think any bit can help, Any type can help. But remember that you have to accumulate about 150 minutes, so this could be like walking the dog, walking the kids to school, sniping to the shops, working in the garden. Every bit counts and it adds up. Women who maybe didn't start exercising until their mid 50s, What does their health look like later in life? In terms of the health related quality of life that we were looking at, it looks similar to those that were actually exercising regularly throughout mid age. So that's really encouraging news and important public health message I think sure is we all need to get moving. Doctor Bin Ewan, thank you so much for your time this afternoon. Thank you very much.
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