TAKE THESE STEPS TO REACH AGE 90
Exercising for half an hour to an hour a day boosts the chances of living to 90 by up to a third, a study suggests.
Spending that time gardening, cleaning the house or doing home renovations and repairs may also make a long life more likely.
Researchers analysed the height, weight and activity levels of 7807 people aged 68–70.
They were monitored until they died or until they reached 90 – whichever came first. Some 17 per cent of men and 34 per cent of women lived to 90.
Men who were physically active for 30–60 minutes a day were 34 per cent more likely to live to 90 than those who were less active.
The figure for women was 21 per cent, researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands found.
Being active for more than 90 minutes a day increased men’s odds of living to 90 to 39 per cent – but women got no extra benefit from increasing the amount of exercise.
Women who were tall, slim and put on less weight as they aged were more likely to live to 90. Women taller than 175cm were 31 per cent more likely to reach 90 than those shorter than 160cm.
But these factors made no difference to fellas.
The difference between the sexes is thought to be due to hormones and lifestyles.
Study leader Lloyd Brandts said: “This study indicates body size and physical activity are related to the likelihood of reaching 90 years of age and that these associations differ by sex.”
It was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.