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The Older You Are and the More Physically Active You Are, the Longer You Will Live Disease-Free

Physical activity at any age improves healthspan and lifespan

Bhavin Jankharia
4 min read
The Older You Are and the More Physically Active You Are, the Longer You Will Live Disease-Free
Physical activity at any age improves healthspan and lifespan

I have written about the benefits of physical activity, ad nauseam, for over a year. Whichever way you look at the data, any form of physical activity is better than none and the more active you are, the less is the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower is the associated and all-cause mortality. Except for elite athletes, who make up less than 1% of the world’s population, the rest of the adult world is broadly equally divided into sedentary (non-active) and physically active (PA) individuals.

While we know that PA in any form is useful, is there an ideal age to start? Is later in life too late? When do we stop? Should we stop? Or do we continue to be physically active all our lives? Does PA still help when we are in our 80s and 90s?

There are recent studies that help us answer these questions to some extent.

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