The study, carried out at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, attributed simply being active to a 27% reduction in heart attacks and strokes.
The report looked at over 4,000 elderly people in a 12-year period and monitored those who led an active lifestyle against those who were mainly sedentary.
It was discovered that those who were less active were more likely to experience a change in the hormones produced in muscle tissue which could have potentially negative effects on overall health.
This is a particular problem in the elderly demographic, as older people can often find it difficult to stay active.
The report, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, stressed that the activities do not have to be strenuous.
It advised that simple activities like gardening or repairing a car are enough to prevent the change in hormones and could lead to a happier and healthier life.
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