If you are someone who has spent most of your life not engaging in much physical activity, that shouldn't stop you from ever wanting to get started. That's because researchers suggest that even in your late years, seniors have been shown to benefit from exercising just as much as athletes and other individuals who have been doing it for decades.
Living a sedentary lifestyle comes with many potential negative health consequences but knowing that small but consistent changes over time can add up to make a big difference. Even if you've been sitting on the couch for most of your life, don't let that history convince you that it's too late to turn it around, because that isn't true.
One recent study that was conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham, showed that for those who are in their seventies and eighties that they are able to build muscle at the same rate as life-long athletes.
There are a number of ways that someone can start to turn things around and get active in their life, whether that's adding a walk daily, taking the steps instead of the elevator, or trying to learn a new sport for the first time or get back at one that you used to enjoy years ago. Studies have shown that simple, but consistent changes, can add up in a big way for promoting better overall health and longevity.
Scientists have previously affirmed that by making simple lifestyle changes that it might help to add a decade or more healthy years to the average lifespan.
"We've known for several years that diet and exercise can help people maintain their physical health and live longer, but maintaining mental health is just as important," - Dr. G.Small
From starting to incorporate memory exercises into your daily routine, to trying to eat better, engaging in more physical activity, or seeking to try and reduce the stress in your life even, these are just some of the changes that have been suggested to possibly help promote longevity and better health.
Making those changes, research shows, can help boost brain efficiency and cognitive function, and all they require is your time, attention, and effort.
There are a variety of habits considered to be the worst habits that have been shown to potentially lead to cancer and other chronic disease if not corrected and these include getting too much screen time and not enough exercise, and not eating healthy. Researchers have suggested, and studies have shown, that activity trackers are one great tool to try and incentivize making those valuable lifestyle changes.
The information that is posted above is not intended to be used as any substitute for professional medical advice, or diagnosis or treatment. The above is posted for informational purposes only.