Physical activity in old age: mental and physical fitness can reduce the risk of death

Health. The National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland conducted a long-term study of more than 600,000 adults ages 59 to 82 to find out how physical activity affects health. The result: no matter what sport is played regularly, the risk of death is reduced by 13 percent. According to the study, regular jogging reduces the risk of dying from cancer by 19 percent. And if you participate in so-called racket sports like tennis or badminton, the risk of having a heart attack is even reduced by 27 percent.

For mobile people, the risk of injury in a fall is significantly lower. In addition, mobility can make it easier to cope with everyday life, such as climbing stairs or getting dressed. But physical activity also brings very specific physical benefits, because it supports metabolism, strengthens the heart and circulatory system, strengthens muscles and thus ensures an upright posture and stimulates blood circulation.

According to ARAG experts, older adults who exercise regularly improve their attention and memory and reduce the risk of developing dementia. The bone disease osteoporosis can also be counteracted with exercise.

There are hardly any limits to sport, even in old age. Even if your condition and strength are not the same as before, you should not give up the sport with its enormous health benefits. Fears of injury often arise. Therefore, experts advise using the body to the fullest, but without overwhelming it. If you are in doubt or unsure about evaluating your own abilities, you should seek the advice of a sports medicine specialist. Here you can individually discuss which sports are suitable and whether you should pay attention to individual physical characteristics. At this point, the ARAG experts also remind you that people with mandatory health insurance have the right to regular health check-ups. Health risks and previous exposures must be investigated and diseases must be recognized and combated as soon as possible. Between the ages of 18 and 34, the insurance company pays for a single control, and from the age of 35 the insured can attend said control every three years.P.S.

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