Physical activity good for long-term well beingNot only is your diet important, but so is physical activity. Why is physical activity such a big deal?
By: By Janet Ledin, Superior Telegram
Not only is your diet important, but so is physical activity. Why is physical activity such a big deal?
Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods can produce long-term health benefits. That’s why health experts say older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking.
One of the great things about physical activity is there are so many ways to be active. For example, you can be active in short spurts throughout the day, or you can set aside specific times of the day on specific days of the week to exercise. Many physical activities such as brisk walking, raking leaves, or taking the stairs whenever you can, are free or low cost and do not require special equipment. You could also check out an exercise video from the library or check into local fitness programs in the area.
Janet Ledin is the nutrition coordinator for Senior Connections.