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Risk of Disability Decreased Even with Doing Light Physical Activities

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

It’s no secret that developing a healthy lifestyle can make a significant difference in one’s quality of life. This includes incorporating physical activity into a daily routine. But a new study finds even light physical activity could reduce the risk of disability.

So although exercise is an important way to stay active, even lighter activities could provide health benefits. This is important because the government recommends at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week. Examples of activities that allow for this level of intensity includes water aerobics, brisk walking and bicycling. But not everyone can do these things, whether because of health issues or time restraints.

This is what led researchers to look into the benefits light physical activities may provide. The researchers monitored participants in the study by requiring they wear a accelerometer around their hip while they were awake for about one week. This gave them an idea of the participant’s level of activity. They then checked to see if the participants had developed a disability two years later.

The study found the risk of disability decreased by 30 percent when doing lighter activities for more than four hours each day compared to those who spent three hours a day doing the same. Examples of light physical activity tasks include vacuuming, taking a stroll through the neighborhood or pushing a grocery cart.

Of course, the more often someone engages in light physical activities the greater the benefit, not only in preventing disability but slowing down the progression of a disabling condition. And those who add to it moderate exercise reduce the risk of disability even more.

Disability is a serious issue in the United States, affecting healthcare costs, quality of life, and ability to work. But with these findings, one can find encouragement to know that doing something – even a light activity – is better than doing nothing.

Those who do suffer from a disability could find it necessary to seek disability benefits. For help applying for Social Security disability, contact a representative at Disability Help Group: 1-(800)-800-3332

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