“Individuals who stay active after they retire stay out of the hospital, have fewer illnesses and live at their homes longer.” –Dr. Michael J. Foley, General Surgeon
Physical Activity & Exercise Improve Quality of Life & Extend Life
- Productive activity reduces mortality by 35%.
- Fitness activity reduces mortality by 19%. (1)
Physical Activity & Exercise Help Manage & Prevent Chronic Disease
- Regular exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 50%, colon cancer by 30% and lung cancer by 20%.
- Physical activity and exercise can result in a 58% reduction in Type 2 diabetes.
- Fitness helps manage and prevent arthritis, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
- Regular exercise lowers the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease by 45%.
- Exercise has antidepressant effects.
- Physical activity and exercise speed recovery from surgery and illness and prevent re-admittance. (2)
A Closer Look: Exercise & Alzheimer’s & Dementia
- Regular exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 50% and dementia by 60%.
- 30 minutes a day of exercise improves the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Those who exercised were less depressed, had fewer hospital admissions and a 50% reduction in falls.
- Regular exercise slows the progression of the Alzheimer’s and dementia and decreases overall medical costs. (3)
Exercise Reduces the Likelihood of Falls & Minimizes the Impact of Falls
- Loss of bone mass, muscle tone, strength and flexibility contribute to falls and the severity of injury due to falls.
- Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments in the US.
- Falls account for 70% of accidental deaths persons 75 years of age and older.
- More than 90% of hip fractures occur as a result of falls, with most of these fractures occurring in persons over 70 years of age.
- Hospital stays are almost twice as long in elderly patients who are hospitalized after a fall than in elderly patients who are admitted for another reason. (4)
The data is crystal clear. Exercise matters.
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