Mercy Primary Care Specialist Dr. Ernestine Wright Discusses New Study Linking Exercise To Healthy Aging

March 17, 2014
Dr. Ernestine Wright

Primary / Geriatric Care Specialist Dr. Ernestine Wright

A recent study shows it's never too late to get moving when it comes to health, physical activity and aging.

It's well-known that exercise is crucial for good health no matter how old you are.

"It's important to walk every day. It makes a difference. It's better than any pill," said Dr. Ernestine Wright of Mercy Medical Center’s Bose Medical Group.

According to Dr. Wright, recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine supports the benefits of any exercise, such as walking, for older people.

"It showed patients who exercised regularly were less likely to develop chronic illnesses. They were less likely to have problems with memory loss. They were less likely to have problems with mental illnesses," Dr. Wright said.

The research also revealed that participants who became physically active late in life still improved their health.

"Age is not a limit. It's never too late to start. You've got to keep moving. Yes, the recommendation is 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, but again, the study shows even if you can exercise just once a week, it's important to keep moving," Dr. Wright said.

On most days, 78-year-old Doris Jackson can be found walking outdoors, doing what she believes is keeping her healthy.

"If I wasn't walking, I'd be sitting down doing nothing, and I just like to get out. Even if it's hot, I'm still walking. Even if it's cold, I'm walking," she said. "You never get too old. If you can do it, you never get too old to do it, and I'm going to do it as long as I can."

View Dr. Wright’s interview regarding physical fitness, exercise, and healthier living.

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