2.5 hours or more of exercise weekly could reduce the risk of falls in older women

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For older women, exercising as little as 2.5 hours a week could reduce the risk of falls and subsequent injury, according to Australian research. The researchers surveyed over 7000 women aged 65-70 years about how much they exercised, and three years later surveyed them again about whether they had had any falls in the past year. They say those who exercised in their free time as much as recommended by the WHO (150-300 minutes a week) or more were less likely to have had falls, whether severe enough to cause injury or not. Looking at specific types of exercise, the researchers say brisk walking, moderate and moderate-vigorous exercise were associated with a lower risk of falls.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.54036

Organisation/s: The University of Sydney, The University of Newcastle

Funder: Ms Kwok was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of
Research Excellence Prevention of Falls Injuries. Dr Khalatbari-Soltani was supported by the Australian Research
Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (Project No. CE170100005). Prof Tiedemann receives
a University of Sydney Robinson Fellowship. Dr Pinheiro is supported by a research fellowship from the National
Health and Medical Research Council, Australia. The research on which this study is basedwas conducted as part of
the Australian Longitudinal Study onWomen’s Health by the University of Queensland and the University of
Newcastle, which received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

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