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Older Ladies: Getting Moving

Alright, let me apologize for pairing the word “old” and “ladies” in the same phrase—please, I’ve already been hit with too many purses in my life! Anyway, two new reports are out claiming that exercise is a great way for women to stay healthy as they age. First up, Margie Mason of the Associated Press explains that exercise may fend off arthritis in women:
An Australian study suggests the more time older women spend exercising, the better their chances are of staying pain-free from one of the biggest chronic conditions plaguing developed countries.

Even exercising as little as one hour and 15 minutes a week now can make a difference over the next three years, according to findings recently published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.

"I don't think the results are suggesting that you should just become this maniac exerciser," said lead author Kristiann Heesch from the University of Queensland, Australia. "What it does suggest is that just adding some walking and moderate activity to your life can make a big benefit."
And get a load of this one. Eric Nagourney of The New York Times reports that increased physical activity aids menopausal women. Have a look:
For the study, the researchers took 164 women and divided them into three groups. For four months, one group walked, one did yoga and one remained inactive…

…In this study, the women taking part in the walking and yoga programs also said the problems associated with menopause decreased and their overall quality of life improved. “Interestingly,” the researchers said, “yoga participants also appeared to benefit in the sexual domain.”
As an admitted gym-rat, I love news like this. I think exercise is one of life’s most simple pleasures.
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