Never too late to get fit: What to do in your 70s
21:46 GMT, 17 September 2012
MEN: Researchers are convinced that a daily walk becomes more important the older you get, with many suggesting that 20 to 30 minutes is all that’s needed to benefit health.
Indeed, people in their 70s can reduce their risk of disability and increase their likelihood of maintaining independence by 41 per cent by participating in a walking exercise programme, found one study at the University of Georgia.
Another recent U.S. study at the University of Pittsburgh found that normally sedentary older adults who walked at a moderate pace three times a week for a year boosted the size of the brain region involved with memory, thereby slowing age-related memory loss.
Yoga can greatly benefit women by improving sleep patterns and enhancing their psychological and emotional well-being
WOMEN: Yoga holds no barriers when it comes to age, and gentler approaches of the ancient discipline can be hugely beneficial for women in their 70s.
Researchers at Temple University, in Philadelphia, found that a nine-week course of yoga led to improved walking speed and better balance in 24 women aged 65 to 80. It also increased their height by a centimetre, possibly due to them standing more upright with better posture.
Meanwhile, psychologists at RMIT University in Melbourne showed that practising soothing yoga for at least 25 minutes a day for 12 weeks improved elderly participants’ sleep patterns and enhanced their psychological and emotional well-being.