Stay active and live longer!
The evolution of life is nothing we can change, but certainly affect.
Natural changes to the body as we age can lead to a gradual loss of muscle, achy joints and reduced energy. These changes may make it tempting to move less and sit more. By decreasing your activity level you increase the risk for disease, disability and even death. Get up off the couch and add years to your life!
A low dose of moderate to vigorous physical activity below the current recommendations of 150 minutes a week reduced mortality by 22% in older adults (older than 60 years). Even walking for 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a day helps. The added challenge to your heart and lungs will extend your “healthspan” even further.
Following the recommendation of 150 minutes a week brought further benefits, almost a 28% risk reduction. Older adults should be encouraged to include even low doses of moderate to vigorous physical activity in their daily lives as it seems to have significant influence on mortality.
David Hupin. Even a low- dose of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity reduces mortality by 22% in adults aged ≥60 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-094306