Weight loss and moderate exercise may improve mobility in older individuals

A study that was recently published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that walking and losing weight may increase mobility by about 20 percent in older adults who are obese.

Researchers studied the health data of 288 individuals over a five-year period and found that weight loss is essential in improving an older, obese person’s ability to walk, contrary to previous assertations that it is unhealthy for the elderly to lose weight.

“To improve mobility, physical activity has to be coupled with weight loss,” said Jack Rejeski, professor of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest College.

Authors of the study noted that an estimated 60 percent of adults older than 65 walk less than a mile every week. The extra weight carried by obese individuals – and the stress it puts on feet and joints – may be at the root of this sedentary lifestyle.

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