Why does healthy aging appear to be more of the exception rather than the rule?
Well, one reason is society has been programmed to think that aging and debilitating disease are forever entwined; a second reason is the lifestyle equation: too little exercise and too much sugar and fat in the diet.
People are also more likely to exercise and diet when they are younger than when they are older (another programmed mindset?). Taking care of your health doesn’t stop at age 50, 60 or even 90! Health and fitness have no age limit. It’s also no secret thatnutrition and exercise are weapons against chronic diseases and hold the key to longevity. So why aren’t more of us on board?
Studies show that if you exercise (walking, yard chores, stretches, etc.) and eat wholesomely 70% of the time, you elevate the building blocks to healthy aging.
All of us treasure our ability to function independently — especially as we grow older. Next to genetics, it appears that diet, exercise and stress management seem to be the three most important factors that can dictate your “healthy life expectancy”.
So how can you begin taking charge of your healthy life expectancy? ANSWER: Try “Wellness Wednesdays.”
Wellness Wednesdays is a joint effort between Serving Our Seniors and different organizations/instructors who promote taking care of yourself… and they will teach you how to do it. This opportunity is designed for Erie County residents, ages 60 and older, to explore various ways to exercise (low impact aerobics, functional fitness, tai chi, hiking, fall prevention exercises - to name a few), relax (hand massage, relaxation techniques, reiki and more) and cook (with Donna Green). Best of all….. It’s FREE every other Wednesday.
WANT MORE INFORMATION? TAKE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
Call Serving Our Seniors 419-624-1856 and ask for Ora for more information
View our events calendar (click here) to see what events are taking place or
Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Although exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, some older adults are reluctant… Continue Reading »