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August 7, 2012 > LIFE ElderCare: Inactivity and longevity

LIFE ElderCare: Inactivity and longevity

Submitted By Maureen Parent

For those of us glued to our chairs or couches morning and night, a new study suggests it's time to get up if you want to outlive your peers.

According to researchers, the average American sits or is sedentary 55 percent of their day. In order to be more active, people should look for opportunities to walk during the day. For those of us whose favorite hobby is watching TV, a more active pastime, such as gardening, could be pursued.

New research finds that restricting sitting time to less than three hours each day could boost a U.S. adult's life expectancy by an extra two years. Not surprisingly, the researchers also found cutting down on the amount of time spent in front of a television also boosted a person's lifespan.

Other recent studies, including a study presented at a cancer conference last November, found too much sitting and inactivity leads to 92,000 cases of cancer each year. A study in March of more than 265,000 showed that people who sit for 11 or more hours per day were 40 percent more at risk for a fatality from any cause than those who sat less than four hours each day.

There are lots of opportunities for seniors living in the Tri-City area to be more active, even those who have faced serious medical conditions or recent declines in health. It's never too late to begin an appropriate strength building routine. LIFE ElderCare can help. Our free Fall Prevention program provides weekly in-home coaching by student nurses of the unique routine created for you and approved by your physician.

LIFE ElderCare Fall Prevention serves seniors living in the Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark and Union City who are primarily homebound or find it difficult or impossible to get out and exercise on a regular basis. This program may be the key to helping you maintain your independent living for as long as safely possible. For more information, give Sandy a call at LIFE ElderCare (510) 574-2087.

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