…to begin your exercise program
Did you know that becoming physically active, even later in life, significantly reduces the likelihood that you will become seriously ill or disabled in retirement? A new study shows even if you haven’t been active in middle age, exercising for 30 minutes daily has a meaningful impact on your health and longevity.
Men and women aged between 55 and 73 were evaluated over an eight year period. Encouraging findings included:
- Those who had been sedentary and became active in middle age were almost as healthy as those who were physically active most of their lives.
- The exercisers had about one seventh the risk of becoming infirm compared with those who remained sedentary.
- They did not merely live longer, but lived more active, fulfilling lives.
For those of you who want to read more, here is the link: NY Times, Jan. 29: Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age by Gretchen Reynolds.
Some of you have seen in my resilience class the Youtube video, 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?, in which Dr. Mike Evans discusses how significant 1/2 hour of exercise daily can be to our mental and physical health. You can link to it here: 23 and 1/2 hours.
Wishing you all the best,