A recent study has shown that just 500 extra steps a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults aged 70 and over. The research, conducted by an international team of scientists and published in the journal JAMA, involved 452 adults aged 70 and older.
The study found that for every extra 500 steps taken each day, the risk of heart disease and stroke decreased by 14 per cent. These results suggest that even a small amount of physical activity can reap major health benefits for older adults.
Lead researcher Erin Dooley said: “Physical activity can be beneficial for adults of all ages, but especially for adults over 70, who may be more likely to have chronic illnesses or physical limitations that make it difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity.”
The study suggests that even small changes in daily physical activity can have a significant impact on overall health. Increasing daily physical activity doesn't have to involve intense exercise - it can be as simple as taking a walk or doing household chores.
The findings of this study demonstrate the importance of physical activity for older adults. Even a small increase in daily steps can reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, so it is essential to find ways to incorporate physical activity into our daily lives.