It's no secret that the key to staying fit is to regularly exercise and follow the right diet. While exercise has been associated with many health benefits, a study has found that in the elderly it can also help reduce injury and fall risks. In fact, it is even said to reduce the risk of fractures among elders who suffer from cardiometabolic and neurological diseases.
For the study, a meta-analysis was conducted to figure out the association between long-term exercise interventions (over 1 year) and the risk of falls, multiple falls, injuries, fractures, hospitalisation and mortality in older adults. The study included 40 randomised trials in adults over the age of 60 years. The participants were required to undergo intensive exercise for a mean average period of 17 months.
The exercise training consisted of aerobic plus strength and balance of moderate intensity which was to be carried out 3 times a week at 50 minutes per session. It was found that regular exercise was associated with lowered risk of falls that could lead to injuries or fractures. However, it was not associated with hospitalisation and mortality. Nevertheless, exercise does have its benefits on one's health which is why one must learn to incorporate it in their daily routine. Stay tuned for more updates.