18 apple Spring 201350+
What will your aging look like?
Is it puffing and wheezing up the stairseach day? Is it achy joints or sleeplessnights? Or is it gardening with easeand brisk morning walks with afriend?
Research shows the answer candepend on exercise.
A recent study by the Heart andStroke Foundation of Canada says
Exercising at your age
Being active keeps you feeling younger and healthier
a lack of physical exercise will robmore quality from life during thoselast golden years than poor diet,stress, excessive smoking or excessivedrinking.
We’ll all get older, but physicalactivity can slow the physicallimitations 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 reducesthe risk of death and chronic diseasessuch as heart disease, stroke, type
2 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 benefitsof exercise could be packaged in apill, it would be the most prescribedmedicine. In his book Younger NextYear, Dr. Henry S. Lodge, an internistand gerontologist, describes exercise as“the great key to aging.”
Physical activity can slow aging, prevent disease and keep you feeling young.