If you have more time on your hands when retired doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily use that time to improve your health, a new study finds.
Researchers at West Virginia University sought to examine whether retired, late middle-aged adults better conformed to a healthier lifestyle than those who were still in the workforce.
Full-time work keeps people busy and often unable to find the time for healthy eating and exercise Investigations examined whether people who were retiring took advantage of their additional free time to lead a healthier lifestyle.
A sample of 956 individuals between ages 55 and 70 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey from 2009-2010, and 2011-2012. Researchers compared results from the survey of those who were retired versus those who were not.
It was found that while retired individuals often demonstrate increased levels of physical activity, they don’t have a healthier diet than the average working adult.
The health outcomes of retired individuals as a whole weren’t promising: they had a higher incidence of obesity, along with higher blood pressure and glucose levels than their working counterparts.
It is believed that the disadvantages associated with chronic disease, compounded with the need to take multiple medications for their maladies, may eat up much of the time that seniors could otherwise dedicate to wellness measures.
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