A 20-minute walk in the park every day could keep older people active and stave off disability, say researchers.
The first study of its kind shows daily walking for about a quarter of a mile may mean the difference between staying mobile or becoming housebound.
It found moderate physical activity helped ageing adults keep their ability to walk at a rate 18 per cent higher than older adults who did not exercise.
The US-based LIFE study from Yale School of Medicine, coordinated at the University of Florida, also showed regular walkers were a quarter less likely to become permanently disabled.
Researchers presented the results yesterday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando and it was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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