18 apple Spring 2013
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
Research shows the answer can
depend on exercise.
A recent study by the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Canada says
Exercising at your age
Being active keeps you feeling younger and healthier
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
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.”
Physical activity can slow aging, prevent disease and keep you feeling young.