What will your aging look like?
Is it puffing and wheezing up the
stairs each day? Is it achy joints or
sleepless nights? Or is it gardening
with ease and brisk morning walks
with a friend?
Research shows the answer can
depend on exercise.
Exercising at your age
Being active keeps you feeling younger and healthier
Physical activity can slow aging, prevent disease and keep you feeling young.
A study by the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada says a lack
of physical exercise will rob more
quality from life during those last
golden years than poor diet, stress,
excessive smoking or excessive
We’ll all get older, but physical
activity can slow the physical
limitations that often come with
aging. Numerous international
studies agree that 20 to 30 minutes
of moderate to vigorous exercise (in
bouts of 10 minutes or more), five to
seven days a week is all it takes to
feel younger and healthier.
Regular physical activity reduces
the risk of death and chronic diseases
such as heart disease, stroke, type
2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer,
hypertension and osteoporosis.
It improves long-term memory,
strengthens the immune system
and keeps muscles, bones and
joints healthy. Daily exercise fights
Alzheimer’s disease, depression,
insomnia and anxiety. If that’s not
enough, being fit can also make you
happier and more productive.
Researchers say if the benefits
of exercise could be packaged in a
pill, it would be the most prescribed
medicine. In his book Younger Next
Year, Dr. Henry S. Lodge, an internist
and gerontologist, describes exercise
as “the great key to aging.”
In a 2013 survey on physical
activity by the Alberta Centre
for Active Living, 89 per cent of
Albertans said they know regular
physical activity will reduce their
chances of getting a serious health
problem. Yet only 59 per cent of
adults are active enough to achieve
any health benefits, and only 35 per
cent of those over 65 years old are