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Did you know that older adults spend about 60%-70% of their day sitting or reclining? A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Association of Retired Persons (NIH-AARP) suggests that someone who lives a more sedentary lifestyle has an increased risk of developing a disability as they age.
 
To provide accurate aging results, the study took place over a 10 year period, starting in 1995 and then followed up in 2004.
 
Those who participated in the study were asked how many hours daily were spent doing sedentary activities such as watching TV, napping, sitting, and using the computer. The average time spent doing activities that require no physical movement were anywhere between 3 and 5 hours per day. The same group was also asked how many hours per week they spent doing any type of physical activity and the average amount of time was between 3 to 4 hours.
 
The study first started in 1995 and then followed up again in 2004 in order to see accurate results. Out of the 134,269 participants surveyed, 29% of them reported that they had developed mobility issues.
 
People who reported watching 3-4 hours a day of TV experienced a 25% higher odds of mobility issues compared to those who reported watching less than 2 hours of TV a day.
 
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle as you age, it is recommended to decrease the amount of time sitting and increase your daily physical activity, whether it is light walking around a park, at-home exercises, or even just some light cleaning.
 
Read the full details of the full research here.

 

 

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