A study by the Epidemiology Department at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that women who exercise at least 1 hour a day are more likely to be 90 years old.
The research was based on a study by a Dutch group in 1986 in which 120,000 people revealed how often they exercised, their weight and height.
The major focus was on volunteers between the ages of 68 and 70, of which 4161 were women.
People were divided into groups according to the exercises they practiced – such as walking, dog walking, cycling, gardening, etc. – in order to relate the duration of activities to the life span achieved.
Of all participants between 68 and 70 years old, 944 reached the target age. Just over 450 men reached the age target. Those who were able to perform activities daily for 1h30 were 39% more likely to reach 90 years.