Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests.
Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older.
Even in old age, it is important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day. Discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.
NHS Choices advises older adults to break up long periods of sitting with light activity because “sedentary behaviour is now considered an independent risk factor for ill health”.It says adults aged 65 or older who are generally fit and mobile should try to do:
Older adults at risk of falls, or with poor balance, should also do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination at least twice a week.