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Sun, Jul 1, 2018 9:00am

Move More

By Aimalicia Staub, MSW, @aimaliciastaub

People today are tolder couple on a golf courseaking 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.

Expert Insight

"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.

Wonderful advice. I have just turned 72 and am struggling with that number. But after four cancer diagnoses I am still going strong because of my love of walking and vigorous gardening. Walking doesn't make the upper body stronger so when I move to an apartment in the near future, I hope to go to the gym to keep myself in good shape. Friends recommend tai chi highly!

@alpaca
Yes, Maureen, you will love Tai Chi!

Teresa

@alpaca

Wonderful advice. I have just turned 72 and am struggling with that number. But after four cancer diagnoses I am still going strong because of my love of walking and vigorous gardening. Walking doesn't make the upper body stronger so when I move to an apartment in the near future, I hope to go to the gym to keep myself in good shape. Friends recommend tai chi highly!

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Good for you, @alpaca! Several of our residents have found Tai Chi to be a useful, low-impact, full-body exercise.

How often do you walk and garden?

@alpaca

Wonderful advice. I have just turned 72 and am struggling with that number. But after four cancer diagnoses I am still going strong because of my love of walking and vigorous gardening. Walking doesn't make the upper body stronger so when I move to an apartment in the near future, I hope to go to the gym to keep myself in good shape. Friends recommend tai chi highly!

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About three times a week but I also walk to shops and really anywhere walkable. Won't let myself drive to local shops for example. Gardening – I mow lawn and cut back my hedge which grows relentlessly. Looking forward to moving into more structured upper body exercise in near future. There are cheap gym programmes for people my age or for cancer survivors. Consider myself lucky to enjoy exercise because a lot of people dislike it. My mission as cancer survivor with ongoing issues is to gently encourage people to join programmes. Psychological benefits as well as physical and exercising with a group has social benefits too.

@hopeful33250

@alpaca
Yes, Maureen, you will love Tai Chi!

Teresa

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It sounds like my cup of tea and look forward to starting a class.

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