National health policy in Japan focuses on increasing physical activity from childhood to older adulthood in order to promote lifetime health. However it is not certain whether active children would continue to be active through adolescence and adulthood until older age. The purpose of this study is to evaluate retrospectively the relationship between physical activity in childhood and health-related habits including exercise in older adulthood. 203 women aged 73-91 years who lived in their own homes completed questionnaires about their perceived skill at eight kinds of play/games (beanbags, bouncing ball, jumping elastic band, jumping rope, run-race, iron bar, vaulting horse, dodge ball) in childhood and current health-related habits concerning from cooking to exercise. Those who perceived themselves to be ‘good’ at ‘iron bar/vaulting horse’ in childhood were found to be more likely to have an exercise (radio broadcasting calisthenics) habit than those of ‘poor’ (odds ratio=2.44, 95%CI 1.15-5.16, p=0.020) and those of ‘inexperienced’ (odds ratio=24.46, 95%CI 2.23-267.88, p=0.009). This result suggests the acquisition of motor skill at basic movements of whole body in childhood is important for the late life health through the maintenance of an exercise habit.