Topics of Interest: Exercise
Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help older adults continue to do the things they enjoy and stay independent longer, as well as produce long-term health benefits. But, despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for older people, adults in the U.S. tend to become less active as they age.
The NIA believes that exercise and physical activity are one of the keys to a long and healthy life. The NIA is supporting research in several aspects of exercise and physical activity and has a number of resources for the public. In particular, the NIA national Go4Life® campaign provides information about how older adults can exercise safely.
The NIA-supported Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study, involving 1,600 people aged 70 to 89 at eight sites around the country, aims to find out whether a specific exercise program can stave off disability in older people.
See NIA research news related to Exercise below.
Diet, exercise improve exercise capacity in certain heart failure patients
January 11, 2016
A randomized clinical trial of 100 patients found that diet and exercise—alone or combined—improved exercise capacity in obese older patients with a particular type of heart failure. The trial is the first to show that this...
Seniors Join Surgeon General, NIA for A Capitol Walk with Go4Life®
September 11, 2015
On September 18, older adults will join the U.S. Surgeon General, the Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), fitness expert Donna Richardson, and leaders from a number of agencies and organizations for a fitness walk in the...
White House Conference on Aging showcases physical activity through Go4Life Month
July 13, 2015
In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing...
Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people
May 27, 2014
A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, perhaps the single most important factor in whether vulnerable older people can maintain their independence, a...
New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults
October 19, 2011
Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH...
Media Availability: NIH researchers tie even sedentary employment in men to overall increased physical activity
July 12, 2011
WHAT: Employment status may be related in some ways to weekday physical activity, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a study measuring activity levels, full-time...
What can prevent walking disability in older people?
November 4, 2009
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of $29.5 million in grant support over the next two years to determine whether a specific physical activity program can stave off...
Higher levels of common daily activity associated with lower risk of death
July 11, 2006
Older adults who expend more energy through any daily activity, including non-exercise activity, have a lower rate of death than adults who are less active, according to a study in the July 12 issue of JAMA. Observational studies have...
Exercise slows development of Alzheimer's-like brain changes in mice, new study finds
April 27, 2005
Physical activity appears to inhibit Alzheimer’s-like brain changes in mice, slowing the development of a key feature of the disease, according to a new study. The research demonstrated that long-term physical activity enhanced the...
Exercise - A safe and effective new treatment for knee osteoarthritis
December 31, 1996
Now there's scientific proof that exercise can be a safe and effective treatment option for knee osteoarthritis - good news for the millions of disabled Americans suffering from this degenerative joint disease. A recent clinical study,...