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J Aging Health. 2010 Sep;22(6):734-47. doi: 10.1177/0898264310374753. Epub 2010 Jun 25.

Exercise and the onset of disability in later life.

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MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, 4 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland G12 8RZ, United Kingdom. Kate@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was to examine whether overall physical activity levels, and different types of earlier sporting activities, are associated with the onset of locomotor disability in early older age.

METHOD:

A longitudinal analysis of a general population cohort of British men and women born in the early 1930s was conducted.

RESULTS:

Measures of overall activity levels at age 58 did not show a relationship with locomotor disability 5-6 years later. Swimming was the only sporting activity to show any strong evidence of a protective association with later locomotor disability.

DISCUSSION:

The promotion of swimming in adulthood could play a role in the prevention of locomotor disability and aid people's ability to follow active living health promotion guidelines in late mid-life and early old-age.

PMID:
20581079
DOI:
10.1177/0898264310374753
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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