People today are taking a more proactive approach to managing how their health evolves as they age. This is significant as there is a growing body of evidence on how lifestyle impacts our health over the long term. Much of the deterioration associated with aging can actually be attributed to living a sedentary lifestyle rather than aging itself. Research shows physical activity and exercise is “preventive medicine” as they can prevent or reduce many age-related issues.
"Over the last decade, evidence has grown faster than iPhone sales that sitting all day is lethal. Furthermore, sedentariness connects to sluggish brain function. The true cost of the sitting disease is even greater than the litany of medical illnesses: Diabetes, heart disease and back pain. Get up, stimulate your mind and activate your body!" - James A. Levin, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona and Co-director of Obesity Solutions, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University.
Take Action Now
- Incorporate movement into your day. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it, every day. Try walking outside. Clean your home. Take a yoga or tai chi class.
- Track your movement. Use a pedometer or an activity monitor (Fitbit, Gruve, etc.) to track your total daily movement. Try to increase your daily total to reach your goal.