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Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention

Journal of Aging Research
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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DOI: 10.4061/2011/782546
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SAGE-Hindawi Access to Research Journal of Aging Research Volume 2011, Article ID 782546, 2 pages doi:10.4061/2011/782546 Editorial Aging, Physical Activity, and Disease Prevention Ben Hurley1 and Iris Reuter2 1Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA 2 Justus-Liebig University Giessen, 35390 Giessen, Germany Correspondence should be addressed to Ben Hurley, [email protected] Received 21 April 2011; Accepted 21 April 2011 Copyright © 2011 B. Hurley and I. Reuter. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Although no amount of physical activity can stop the bio- logical aging process, regular exercise can counteract some of the adverse physiological, psychological, and cognitive consequences of aging [1]. Age and physical inactivity are primary and secondary (indirect) risk factors for a long list of adverse chronic conditions [2, 3], whereas increasing physical activity from midlife to old age results in reduced rates of chronic disease and death [3, 4]. Our Call for Papers was driven by a growing body of evidence showing strong associations between physi- cal inactivity and age-related chronic disease, as well as reductions in risks or incidence of chronic disease with exercise training [1]. Despite the overwhelming evidence for the role of physical activity in reducing the incidence of mortality, morbidity, and quality of life in chronic disease, a relatively small portion of the population are physically active worldwide [5] and even fewer older adults exercise regularly with sufficient intensity, duration, and frequency to receive optimal benefits for disease prevention [1]. Physical inactivity is especially prevalent in highly developed countries [5]. For this reason, more research is needed to understand and overcome barriers for ha

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