Studies have repeatedly proven that there is a link between movement and longevity. Just last month a new study of 3,000 50-79 year olds showed that the least active among the participants were five times more likely to die than the most active (via Medical News Today). The study, which was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, measured activity levels among participants by tracking their amount of movement during seven days through use of accelerometers that measured even the slightest movements. The researchers then followed up with the participants over the course of eight years, which revealed the correlation between activity levels and longevity. Even better, the study showed that there is no minimum activity threshold that must be reached to show an improvement in health outcomes.

The first author of the study, Ezra Fishman, a doctoral candidate of demography at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says that "Activity doesn't have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial. That's the public health message. When it comes to physical activity, more is better than less, and anything is better than nothing.

We’ve long known that movement is the cornerstone of wellness, longevity and sustained independence. Our Smart Moves wellness program promotes independence by addressing the physical and cognitive needs of aging adults in an effort to reduce falls, decrease depression, reduce the rate of heart disease and diabetes, improve sleep and more. A huge component of our program is frequent, tailored exercise led by our highly-trained wellness coordinators. Hear our patients discuss how Smart Moves has made them feel better and allowed them to take charge of their health:

By Kindred Rehabilitation Services