I saw a birthday card the other day that said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
And while this famous quote may ring true for you – especially if your playtime involves a comfy chair and a round of Sudoku – it turns out there’s real scientific data that supports the idea that you need to be active in order to stay young.
In fact, exercise has been proven to be even more beneficial to your overall health than many “medical” treatments. In addition to helping you manage your weight and keep your heart healthy, exercise has also been shown to help reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, slash the risk of prostate cancer, and if you’ve already got cancer, slow its progression and shrink tumours.
And while typically it’s thought that the more you exercise, the greater the benefit, the latest research shows that devoting just MINUTES a day to some kind of physical activity – just HALF the normal recommended amount – can lessen your chance of death by any cause by more than 20 per cent!
Researchers recently studied thousands of older folks from France and around the world for over a decade each, and found that exercising at varying levels of intensity was able to lower their risk of death by:
• 22 per cent for low activity
• 28 per cent for medium activity
• 35 per cent for high activity
The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 75 minutes of high (or “vigorous”) activity or 150 minutes of medium (or “moderate”) activity – or some mixture of both – every week.
That’s just 15 to 30 minutes per day!
As easy as that sounds, only about 35 per cent of those over the age of 65 are still active.
So if you’re part of the other 65 per cent… and you want to live a longer and healthier life… it’s time to get up and start moving a little.
If you’re inactive now, start out small to get the greatest benefit. You’ll also reduce your risk of injury or other health complications… and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
Moderate activities include a water aerobics class, a brisk walk, riding a stationary bike, or even ballroom dancing – all of which can reduce your risk of death significantly after just 15 minutes.
Though, once you start, you might end up having so much fun that you don’t want to stop.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
15 minutes daily exercise may be reasonable target in older adults, eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/esoc-1md060916.php
Facts & Statistics: Physical Activity, fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/