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Researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology are aghast that doctors refuse to offer a simple medicine proven to prolong life. But you can get some of this neglected treatment today.
The therapy that doctors have abandoned is telling their patients to exercise. The Australian scientists fervently believe that physicians should be vigilant in telling older women to work out.
“Studies clearly show moderate to vigorous intensity activity can have mental and physical health benefits, particularly when part of broader positive health changes,” says researcher Debra Anderson. “When once we thought that 30 minutes of mild exercise a day was enough to improve health, research is now telling us that older women should be doing at least 30-45 minutes five times a week of moderate to high intensity exercise, and by that we mean exercise that leaves you huffing and puffing.”
Anderson cites studies that demonstrate the life expectancy benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
“It’s also important that the exercise be tailored to ensure that it is high intensity enough to obtain the positive sustained effects of exercise,” Anderson says.
In her practice, Anderson is involved in specialized wellness programs.
“Our studies show that mid-to-later in life women are jogging, running, hiking, swimming and riding,” Anderson notes. “Doctors should be developing exercise programs that are home-based and easy to incorporate as part of everyday activities.”