A recent study published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that exercising during midlife can help to reduce chronic disease by as much as 20 % in later years.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and The Cooper Institute examined medical records of over 18,000 participants. The data from the records was then linked to claims filed to Medicare for the same patients in their 70's and 80's. Those patients who increased their exercise level by at least 20% during midlife (the 3rd, 4th, and 5th decade of life) decreased their chance of developing congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's disease, and colon cancer by 20%.
Exercise has been proven time and time again to provide benefits to the body in helping to prevent disease. This study seems to show that just a moderate increase in exercise during middle age can help to keep chronic diseases at bay during your later years.
Your physical therapist is the perfect health professional to help you devise a safe and effective exercise program for your specific needs. Be sure to talk to your doctor or physical therapist to help you get started on a fitness program.