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There may be one or two things to dread about getting older, but there’s plenty more to celebrate. Each birthday candle on the cake represents an achievement (you did it!) and an accumulation of good things like life experiences, memories and time spent with loved ones.
That’s not to say that aging doesn’t bring with it some challenges, including a tendency to tire more easily and a few nagging aches and pains – not to mention the occasional injury. But choosing to move your body each day can help you feel better for longer. Living an active lifestyle can help you build and maintain strength and endurance, as well as protect your mental fitness and overall mobility as you age.
With regular physical activity, you’ll simply
• It protects your brain. Maintaining an active lifestyle may act as a potent preventative against the
• It makes you feel happier. Moving our bodies comes with a powerful chemical reaction that simply makes us
• It helps us
• It helps you maintain
However, not enough people living in Canada are getting enough daily physical activity to enjoy these benefits or sustain overall health and well-being as they grow older. In fact, only 16% of adults aged 18 to 79 years are meeting the
But older adults can change that simply by adding 10 to 15 minutes of physical activity to their lives each day.
You don’t need to start training for a marathon to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Here are three ways to start moving your body each day:
Go for a walk or ride around your neighborhood
One of the simplest ways to incorporate physical activity into your day is to start walking. A brisk 20-minute walk each day that sees your heart rate go up and helps you produce a light sweat ticks off all the boxes. A bike ride is another way to get your heart rate up while working the muscles of your lower body.
Take up gardening
Yard work or gardening is a great way to combine physical activity with an enjoyable hobby. Not only does it get your heart rate up and keep you moving, but it comes with an additional perk: a lovely Instagram-worthy garden plot or yard. Don’t have a backyard to tend? Look for a community garden in your neighbourhood.
Adults are encouraged to get in at least
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