Retirees who exercise enjoy healthier aging

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LONDON — It’s never too late to start exercising to improve your health, even if you’re about to retire, according to a study.

People who took up exercise over a four-year period were more than three times as likely to be healthy agers as those who did nothing, according to the study of 3,454 people in England whose average age was 64.

Active adults who continued to exercise during that time were seven times as likely to be healthy agers as those who were consistently inactive.

The study, published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, focuses on how exercise affects health in the elderly.

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for premature death — after smoking, excessive drinking and obesity — causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization.

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