What will your aging look like?
Is it puffing and wheezing up thestairs each day? Is it achy joints orsleepless nights? Or is it gardeningwith ease and brisk morning walkswith a friend?
Research shows the answer candepend on exercise.
Exercising at your ageBeing active keeps you feeling younger and healthierPhysical activity can slow aging, prevent disease and keep you feeling young.
A study by the Heart and StrokeFoundation of Canada says a lackof physical exercise will rob morequality from life during those lastgolden years than poor diet, stress,excessive smoking or excessivedrinking.
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 reducesthe risk of death and chronic diseasessuch as heart disease, stroke, type2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer,hypertension and osteoporosis.It improves long-term memory,strengthens the immune systemand keeps muscles, bones andjoints healthy. Daily exercise fightsAlzheimer’s disease, depression,insomnia and anxiety. If that’s notenough, being fit can also make youhappier 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