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Maintain Mobility & Independence
A new study suggests that a combination of aerobic, resistance and flexibility training can help older people stay on their feet. Researchers assigned more than 1,600 sedentary people ages 70 to 89 to two different groups. One group did a structured physical activity program that included about 150 minutes per week of activity (30 minutes of walking, 10 minutes of strength training and 10 minutes of balance and flexibility exercises, three times a week). The control group did health workshops and gentle stretching. After 2.5 years, the physical activity group had an 18% reduced risk of mobility disability.