A No-Exercise Way to Extend Your LifeIf you want to live a long life, join a book club or start a poker night. When it comes to longevity, being socially active has the same health benefit as exercise. Australian researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane have determined that the more social groups to which a person belongs in early retirement, the lower their risk of death, reports HealthDay News.
The study: Led by Niklas Steffens, the team followed 424 retirees over a six-year period, comparing the information they collected on them with similar people who were still working. All participants were at least 50 years old and part of an ongoing study of aging in England. In addition to being asked about the number of social groups to which they belonged, they completed questionnaires about their quality of life and physical health.
"The sense of belonging that social group connections provide helps people sustain a meaningful and healthy life," Steffens told HealthDay News.
The takeaway: Social planning may be as important as financial and medical planning to health and well-being in retirement.
The study findings were published in the journal BMJ Open.
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