Joining a book club or bridge club could be just as good for your health as doing regular exercise past the age of 60, recent research published online in BMJ Open, suggests.
Researchers examined more than 400 English adults over the age of 50 for six years after retirement. Each was asked how many clubs or societies they belonged to and answered questions on their health and quality of life.
Retirees who had two group memberships before retirement had a two percent risk of death in the first six years of retirement if they maintained those memberships, a five percent risk if they gave up one and a 12 percent risk if they left both groups.
Researchers also assessed whether changes in physical activity levels affected risk of death.