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But some people have health issues that prevent them from pursuing that level of exercise, which includes activities like walking briskly, water aerobics, ballroom dancing and bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour, she said.
The study appeared in the April 29 issue of the BMJ.
daily movements, giving the study team an idea how much time they spent in vigorous, moderate or light physical activities.
These disabilities can severely affect a person's daily life, making it tough for them to perform basic tasks such as dressing themselves, taking a shower or even moving around their own home.
The study involved a group of almost 1,700 adults, aged 45 to 79, who were participating in a long term study of osteoarthritis. The participants were all free of disability, but they were at elevated risk for becoming disabled due to knee arthritis.
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People who took part in more light activity were one third to one half less likely to suffer a disability, compared to people who had the least amount of daily light activity, the researchers noted.
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WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) Daily physical activity as light as pushing a shopping cart, vacuuming the house or strolling through a museum can dramatically reduce a person's risk of disability, a new study reports.
Two years later, the researchers checked back in with the participants to see whether they had developed any disabilities.
So researchers decided to see whether even lighter exercise could reduce a person's risk of becoming disabled due to a condition like knee osteoarthritis.
The findings correlate with what doctors often recommend to patients with osteoarthritis, said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, an orthopedic surgeon and surgical director of women's musculoskeletal health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. She was not involved with the new research.
"Our findings provide encouragement for adults who may not be candidates to increase physical activity intensity due to health limitations," Dunlop said. Nike Kyrie 1 Brotherhood Buy
Light physical activity also slowed the progression of people already suffering from a disability, the findings showed.
The federal government recommends that adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity exercise a week. Such exercise is known to reduce a person's risk of disability, Dunlop said.
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"Even among those who did almost no moderate activity, the more light activity they did, the less likely they were to develop disability."
"The bottom line is to stay as active as possible.
light physical activity were much less likely to become disabled, even after accounting for time spent in moderately intense exercise.
Disability currently accounts for more than one of every four dollars spent on health care, the researchers said in background material. Nearly one in five people in the United States was classified as disabled in 2010, at an estimated annual cost of $357 billion.
And while people who took part in some moderate intensity exercise did even better, the researchers found, their results show that some movement is better than none.
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