How to get in shape? Try retiring

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When people say "I'd exercise more — if only I had the time," they just might be right. A new Australian study has found that after they retire, people spend an average of 90 more minutes exercising than they did when they were working.

Life gets better in other ways, too: retired Australians spent more time on their feet each day, and slept for an average of 11 additional minutes each night. (They don't eat any more fruits and vegetables, though — or drink less.)

The study, led by public health research Melody Ding, appeared in the Journal of Preventative Medicine. You don't need a doctorate, though, to figure out what Ding told the Daily Mail: working "eats a lot of time out of the day," as does a daily commute.

While those of us in 9-to-5 jobs can't magically snap our fingers and make the work go away, Ding's study might remind us to make that extra effort and not save physical fitness for our golden years. What is it they say about youth being wasted on the young?

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