Aging Expectations

News – Secret to Healthy Aging

My main goal in life is to live as long as possible in a healthy and happy way. When I tell people I want to live to 120 years old, they think I’m crazy. Mainly, because they think that means living like a decrepit old person barely able to move or think.

That is not what I want or what I believe will happen. I want to live to 120 in a vital way, getting around on my own, exercising, contributing to society, learning new things, and having loads of fun!

The idea of this site is to help me (and hopefully you) reach that goal.

In researching all types of things surrounding aging, there is always news. Some good, some bad, some fun, and some that you know but don’t want to believe.

For example, we know we have to exercise more. Everyone knows that. Exercise is critical to your everyday life. Breathing better, looking better, feeling better, sleeping better – just…better!

And now, guess what…yet one more reason – it’s better for your longevity.

First, check this article:  Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

Here’s the summary:

Epidemiologist (that is someone who studies diseases, the causes, treatments, how they spread, and the like) Loretta DiPietro from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University says that the average person sits about 13-14 hours per day in total. This extensive time spent sitting has a whole host of problems but as it relates to aging can create an inability to even get around. The research of older adults (ages 50-71) showed that those who sat more and moved less were three times more likely to have trouble moving.

Now, let’s look at this new piece: 6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn’t Just Wear And Tear

Here’s the summary:

Daniel Lieberman, a researcher at Harvard, expected the increase in osteoarthritis (that is the degeneration of cartilage and bone that causes pain) on knee joints was due to the age and excessive weight of the person. After conducting an intensive study comparing the joints of ancient skeletons (correcting for body mass and age), he found that was not the case. These older, more active skeletons were more healthy than the recent, more sedentary skeletal remains he examined. That means that moving may be the key to keeping osteoarthritis at bay.

So now you know the secret. I hate it as much as you do. Trust me, I want to sit on the couch and eat potato chips all day long but we can’t! We must take care of ourselves. How?

Try these small changes:

  • When looking at any type of screen, make a point to get up and move around every 30 minutes (and not just to the fridge to get a snack!)
  • Do some activity during commercials (leg lifts, jumping jacks, any kind of movement) 
  • Go for a 20-minute brisk walk every day
  • Go for a walk with a group as opposed to alone because you will probably walk more briskly
  • Work to strengthen your muscles
  • And, just to be safe, eat a healthy diet too!

 

 

 

One comment

  1. Great article. I found that for my aging parents, physical activity is a top priority for maintaining their quality of life. After retiring and moving to FL they took up pickleball.
    Apart from being low-impact, there is a great social aspect – they’ve got a whole new circle of friends now- and that is another critical part about aging, keeping socially active and engaged to ward off loneliness -which has lots of negative effects.
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