A common misconception heard from all age groups young and old, is that as people begin to age into their older adult years, it is time to relax. It might seem like the right thing to do, to reduce activities and physical exercise since the aging process slows us down and deteriorates muscles and bones. Some older adults have been inactive for quite some time or have certain disabilities or other health hindrances that make it harder to stay active. So it is understandable that older adults don’t do anything, right? WRONG! Removing physical exercise from one’s lifestyle and remaining inactive is far from good, and it will only increase disability and decrease one’s overall health, here is why.
The CDC reported in their Vital Signs in August 2012, "More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).
Physical activity helps control weight, but it has other benefits. Physical activity such as walking can help improve health even without weight loss. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Improving spaces and having safe places to walk can help more people become physically active.
*Aerobic activities like brisk walking, running, swimming and bicycling make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood vessels healthier.”
Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
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So many people toss peels and skins from apples, carrots, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, potatoes, papayas and other tropical fruits, but only if they knew what they were really throwing away. We are going to share why you should keep these peels and skins in your diet to help protect against cancer, other diseases and to support your organs.
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Oldest adults who walk briskly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The benefits of physical activity for heart health are well-known. However, minimal research has been done on the population of people 75 years and older.
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