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International Health Insurance News: Walking 'best for over-60s'

Older expatriates who are keen to look after their health might want to consider taking some more walks.

According to Emma Soames, editor-at-large for Saga Magazine, walking is the "most popular form of exercise" for the over-60s because the risks of hurting yourself are much lower.

Ms Soames explained the benefits: "If you walk briskly, you can get your heart rate up. A lot of people now say walking is the best sort of exercise for any generation.

"Other exercises which the over-60s are doing include swimming and cycling, but the big winner is walking."

The comments follow research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which suggested that T'ai Chi also has a number of health benefits for older people.

According to the research, the practice can help prevent falls, as well as improving mental well-being.

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