Yes, You Still Should Get to the Gym After You Turn 60

  • In a new study, researchers found that increasing physical activity led to 11 percent drop in heart disease risk among people age 60 and older.
  • Alternately, stopping physical activity increased heart disease risk by 27 percent.
  • Researchers say the findings show it’s never too late to start working out.

Getting older doesn’t give you a pass from working out, according to a new study.Instead researchers found that increasing physical activity, even in your golden years, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Researchers found the level of activity needed to experience this benefit was equal to about 1 hour of running per week.

“It’s in line with studies of other treatment interventions that show its clearly never too late to improve things,” agreed Dr. Michael Miyamoto, a cardiologist with Mission Hospital in Southern California. “It’s also in line with other studies of exercise specifically showing that even those who take up exercise later in life will see clinical benefit.”

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