It’s nice when you’re told that you’re doing something right, right? Especially when what you’re doing is something you’d no doubt be doing anyway, for the simple fact that you love it! Yep, resistance training and aerobic activities, especially when you reach old age reduces the likelihood of you needing to pay a visit to your doctor.
A study by Davis, Bryan and Carlo et al. (2013) found that old age pensioners (70-80 years) that spent approx 30mins a day performing resistance work, outdoor walking activities and/or balance and toning classes for 6 months were less likely to have to visit their GP. As a result, these individuals incurred fewer health care resources and thus were able to spend more time doing the things they wanted to!
So if you needed any more reason to get to the gym tonight or tomorrow morning, then here you go!
Jennifer C. Davis, Stirling Bryan, Carlo A. Marra, Devika Sharma, Alison Chan, B. Lynn Beattie, Peter Graf, Teresa Liu-Ambrose. An Economic Evaluation of Resistance Training and Aerobic Training versus Balance and Toning Exercises in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (5): e63031 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0063031