Study: even light activity helps elderly

By LINDSEY TANNER | July 12, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) – Forget jumping jacks and treadmills. Just doing household chores and other mundane activities of daily living is enough to help older adults live longer, new research suggests….

… the study should be encouraging for those intimidated by traditional exercise, illustrating that activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial.

“They used state-of-the-art methodology to answer a very important question, which is how important is it to remain physically active.” … the gold standard of measuring expended energy and more reliable than self-reported activity levels, although they also questioned participants about their habits.

Participants drank specially formulated water that is expelled from the body as carbon dioxide, which is a direct measure of energy use.

[doubly-labelled water using stable isotopes. Still “state of the art” after 30 years!! However, stable isotopes are an excellent, non-invasive method of looking at nutrition, physiology, energy use, etc. ]

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