Ask anyone in their twenties and thirties about aging, and most will say they hope to hold onto their youth for as long as possible.
Aging is a part of life. But losing the ability to play and maintain an active lifestyle for as long as possible is dependent on a variety of things.
It makes sense that a healthy diet is one of the keys. It also makes sense that to stay active, you have to be active every single day. Use it or lose it, as they say.
A new study put out by Northwestern University found that in older adults, just one hour of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is all they need to maintain their ability to be able to perform daily tasks. This isn’t hitting the gym kind of exercise. All that’s really needed is a brisk walk - like if you’re late for an appointment or about to miss your train.
This research was conducted on older adults who were currently suffering from issues like osteoarthritis, it’s also a good indicator of what you can achieve just by boosting up your activity levels a little above where you’re at now. It doesn’t take much to increase your odds at a healthier lifestyle, one that leaves you feeling good instead of stiff and sore.
If you commute, walk a little faster to the train. Park in the back of the parking lot instead of near the building. Or walk around the block at lunchtime instead of sitting at your desk. Just a few minutes a day can add up over a week, so don’t negate even a few spare minutes of walking.
Even better, walking has added benefits. When you take a walk, you’re more likely to have enlightened thoughts. Ever worked out a problem while walking? Walking shuts down the part of your brain that makes you feel anxious, and allows you to think a bit clearer. Walking sets the pace for your mind to think.
So what are you doing right now? Maybe it’s time to get up and take a walk. Do it for your health.