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Do you want to live longer? Leave your house every day
If you want to live as long as possible, go out every day. Even if you have a fitness center indoors, good company and a full refrigerator, go outside. That advise comes from the Israeli geriatrician Jeremy Jacobs of Hadassah Hebrew-University Medical Center. Exactly how frequent leaving the house reduces the chance of death is still a mystery...
People over seventy who leave their houses frequently may be healthier than those over 70 who always stay at home. But when the researchers brushed away the effect of health with statistical tricks, leaving the house daily still reduced the risk of dying. Those over seventy who leave their houses frequently may have more exercise than those over 70 who always stay at home. But even when the researchers corrected for physical activity, the link between mortality and leaving the home was still intact.
"The current study adjusted for physical activity level, suggesting that the longer survival associated with frequently going out is independent of the benefits of physical activity."
"It is tempting to assume that the health of older people may be improved by increasing accessibility, creating environments that make it easier for them to leave the house, and improving social support aimed at encouraging activities outside of the house."
"Faced with the growing prevalence of homebound older people, interventions aimed at making it easier for older people to leave their house, encouraging an active nonsedentary lifestyle, and promoting continued engagement in activities outside of the home are required."
"Prospective studies are required to determine whether the negative outcomes and health burden associated with becoming increasingly homebound can be ameliorated, delayed, or even reversed."