Elderly needn’t become inert

You don’t have to slow down as you grow old.

More than half of 100 centenarians (people age 100 or older) surveyed recently in a telephone poll said they exercised daily, according to a poll from insurance company United Healthcare. Centenarians cited physical activity (along with and social connections and good sleep) as keys to quality of life.

Nearly 45 percent of the 100 respondents said they favored walking, and 40 percent said they did strength exercises.

Also, 11 percent practiced yoga, tai chi or another form of mind-body-spirit activity; 8 percent rode a bike regularly; 5 percent jogged; and 2 percent engaged in sports like baseball, basketball, soccer or tennis.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin

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