Everyone wants to age gracefully.
But doing so requires adopting a lifestyle that’s built on healthy habits regardless of your age. Canadians now enjoy longer lifespans and better health than ever before. The percentage seniors in our population is also rapidly growing and is expected to double by 2025*.
People sometimes assume that chronic diseases are simply a natural part of the ageing process, but research show that they can also result from a lack of physical activity (an estimated 60% of the Canadian population is physically inactive). And yet, our bodies are designed to move. As we age, a number of factors (health, mobility, etc.) may force us to slow down. However, even a moderate amount of physical activity has been shown to have a real and positive impact on seniors who continue to be active.
Among other things, physical activity will:
- Maintain and even improve our overall health
- Boost our energy levels
- Reduce our aches and pains
- Help to maintain our body weight
- Reduce bone loss associated with osteoporosis
- Lower our stress levels
- Help us to retain muscle strength, flexibility, balance and coordination
- Reduce the risk of falls
- Being active strengthens the body, improves our well-being, and helps to prevent a number of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and even certain cancers like colon and breast cancer, all while improving our quality of life.
It’s never too late
Adopting a healthier life is not solely a personal choice; it’s a shared responsibility in which everyone plays a role (family, residence staff, health professionals, etc.) in creating a clean and healthy environment that creates the conditions to facilitate physical activity and access to healthy foods. Elderly people who change their current lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of developing many diseases.
You are never too old to learn new healthy and active habits – even after many years of inactivity.
Did you know?
Walking is one of the best ways for seniors to stay active. Walking, even a little, is excellent for the legs, lungs, heart and mind. It leads to a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life.
In short, it means living better, longer because staying healthy also means maintaining your independence.