There is no better “pill” to lessen the effects of aging than a healthy dose of physical activity every day. It has tons of benefits!
However, we are almost always sold on physical activity for its possible impact on weight control. Did you know that even if the weight remains exactly the same, moving each day improves:
- Everyday functional abilities, such as those that require strength
- Certain brain functions
- Cardiovascular health
- Mental and often social well-being
- The risks of several diseases, including certain cancers
Maintaining good functional capacities is essential to remain independent and active as long as possible. Isn’t it more pleasant to bite into life and be able to enjoy every moment without complaining about your sores. For some people, it resonates with the ability to play on the ground with their grandchildren or go for walks in the forest. It’s up to you to think about the activities that make you happy and those you want to preserve (or put back) in your daily life.
Studies show that physical activity can decrease the decline in cognitive function and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. We have even seen that resuming exercise in initially inactive people has improved certain brain functions, such as those necessary for planning and working memory.
It is recommended to do 150 minutes of physical activity per week, including exercises that improves muscle capacity. Does that mean you have to go to the gym every day? Not necessarily.
An activity like Nordic walking, which is practiced with trekking poles, is excellent for facilitating outings in winter conditions. Adding crampons to boots is also a good idea. All the activities are good. All you have to do is get out of your comfort zone and make your heart beat a little faster than usual.
Regardless of age, the body never loses the ability to adapt to activity. It therefore always retains the ability to improve. So there is no age to start physical activity!
Jo-Anne Gilbert, PhD
Doctor in kinesiology, specialist in healthy weight management
Founder of Imparfait et en santé www.imparfaitetensante.com