from JAMA Network Open
Nearly six thousand women, sixty-three and older, were studied for a week to obtain accurate measurements of their physical activity. Researchers at the University of California San Diego note that older adults who want to maintain their mobility and independence should know that all movement counts—not just moderate to vigorous exercise. Among older women, light intensity physical activity preserved mobility longer. Light intensity might include a casual walk or shopping. Researchers wrote in JAMA Network Open that women who spent the most time doing light intensity activities had nearly fifty percent lower risk of mobility loss compared to those with lower levels.