Scientist: Don't give up your seat for elderly on the bus

Scientist: Don’t give up your seat for elderly on the bus

I was taught at a young age that if I see an elderly standing on a bus or a train that I should give up my seat and offer it to to them. As an adult I still think this is the right thing to do and teach my kids the same thing.

But researchers now say that you really shouldn’t do that.

Standing is good for you

There should be no doubt about offering your seat on any public transport to an older person, young child or a pregnant woman. I think the same rule applies worldwide.

But not according to Oxford professor and clinical adviser to Public Health in England, Sir Muir Gray.

Professor Gray says that by standing, the elderly are getting the right type of exercise their body needs.

“We need to be encouraging activity as we age — not telling people to put their feet up. Don’t get a stairlift for your ageing parents, put in a second banister. Sir Muir Gray told The Sun. “And think twice before giving up your seat on the bus or train to an older person. Standing up is great exercise for them.”

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Research shows that many older people can have a healthier life just by exercising a little bit more. Sir Muir Gray also advises to not help your older relatives by carrying their groceries — they need the extra work out.

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