Staying active is the key to a healthy life, but for people 60 and older it’s not easy to run five miles a day and lift heavy weights, especially for those who suffer from arthritis and fatigue. But a new study released by the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy suggests that walking is an effective and simple way to stay fit and decrease your chance of disability.

Twenty-four senior citizens who participated in the study were split into two groups: the walkers and the control group. The walkers met three times a week for four months and walked for 40 minutes, while the control group attended nutrition education classes. The study concluded that walking could increase aerobic capacity, which provides more energy to engage in other activities, such as recreational dancing.

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