Every Minute of Activity May Make A Healthy Heart
The research team, including senior author Thomas W. Buford, PhD, director of the Health Promotion Center at the University of Florida Institute on Aging in Gainesville, says that even engaging in low-intensity activity may pose heart benefits for seniors with mobility problems. The potential heart benefits of exercise have been well documented. In August 2014, Medical News Todayreported on a study that found physical activity may reduce the risk of irregular heartbeat in older women, while another study found an hour of exercise a day could halve the risk of heart failure.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults aged 64 and older should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week.
However, Buford and colleagues say that for seniors with limited mobility, fulfilling these recommendations may be challenging. As such, the team set out to determine whether lower levels of activity may still have heart benefits for this population.