BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A quarter of US adults who are over 50 years old do not exercise regularly, according to a federal report. This leads to an increased chance of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Adults have plenty of benefits even from limited amounts of physical activity, says study co-author Janet Fulton. According to her, if inactive people challenge themselves to become more physically active this could lead to healthier and livelier communities.
Fulton leads the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the purposes of the research, experts looked at a 2014 national survey on health, with participants aged 50 and over. Investigator referred to inactivity as moving around just enough to do a person’s daily routine.
Judging by that definition, 31 million older US citizens are inactive. Women are slightly more inactive than men, with 29 versus 26 percent.
33 percent of people from Hispanic and Black descent were inactive, according to results. Caucasians had a 26 percent of inactivity and other ethnic groups had a 27 percent of physical inactivity.
Another unfortunate finding is that the older people get, the less they do exercise – as the study points out. Inactivity rises with age, from 25 percent for those between 50 and 64 years of age, to 35 percent of physically inactive people in the 75 and older age group.
The South does not like to exercise, and the West is the most active region, with just 23 percent of physically inactive people. 28 percent of seniors were inactive in the Midwest region and 27 percent did not practice physical exercise in the Northeast.
The most active area was Colorado, with 82 percent doing a daily exercise program. Senior inhabitants in Arkansas showed little signs of physical activity, with just 61 percent getting a daily workout.
People with chronic disease and those with a few extra pounds were likely to be less active. Those who had more education were more inclined to do exercise.
Lead study author Kathleen Watson believes that authorities have to do more to ensure people of all ages and abilities remain physically active.
Physical activity increases lifespan and lowers the chance of getting heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. Regular exercise among older people also reduces the risk for fractures.
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