Physical activity and health in old age

Scott Med J. 1997 Oct;42(5):154-5. doi: 10.1177/003693309704200513.


Regular physical activity is an important component of a healthy life at all ages, and mounting scientific evidence has linked exercise to a wide array of physical and mental health benefits. This article will highlight some recent advances in knowledge. It will explore common myths that discourage the largely sedentary older population of the UK from changing their exercise habits.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged* / psychology
  • Aged* / statistics & numerical data
  • Aging* / physiology
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Exercise* / physiology
  • Exercise* / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male