Are You A Senior And Don’t Like Going To The Gym? Try Some Exercises At Home:
Researchers in Sweden observed nearly 4,000 60-year-olds for an average of 12.5 years, and monitored how frequently they performed “non-exercise physical activity” such as home repairs, cutting the lawn or hedge, car maintenance, going hunting or fishing, cycling and gathering berries. While we all know the benefits of regular moderate exercise and the health risks of prolonged sitting, not much is known about the possible advantages or disadvantages of “non-exercise physical activity” or NEPA.
Participants with high levels of NEPA, excluding formal exercise, had a 27 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 30 percent lower risk of death, as compared to the inactive participants.