Exercising regularly and engaging socially helps you with ageing, says expert
Health is wealth, a gift for us. Not an option but a necessity. In today’s world of the super-fast era, it's very important for individuals to keep themselves fit and exercise regularly.
We are sitting too much and it’s the reason for the damage. A recent study indicates that exercising daily not only keeps you fit, but helps you feel confident and be stress-free.
A habitual 10-minute brisk walker can amass an additional 16 years of life by middle age and also slow down the ageing process.
According to researcher Professor Jean Woo, emeritus professor of medicine and director of the CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, there is a rising trend of increasing dependency and weakness accompanying the increase in overall life expectancy.
An unhealthy lifestyle causes numerous illnesses and is a major reason for early death.
Woo advises to be busy, engage socially and just keep moving, South China Morning Post reported.
"Safeguard your physical and mental health through lifestyle changes, and learn new things to beat the rising trend of dependency and frailty in older age. There is a rising trend of increasing dependency and frailty accompanying the increase in total life expectancy,” he advises.
"Daily 10-minute walk slows rate of ageing, and a plant-rich diet to support the gut-brain axis lowers the risk of having dementia while socially engaging has a good and measurable impact on brain health," Woo added.
Age-related mobility issues are a common scene now. More than 30 per cent of people over the age of 70 struggle to climb stairs, get out of a chair, and find it difficult to move around.
The World Health Organisation has listed sedentary lifestyle as one of the top 10 reasons for death.
A movement can reduce your risk for any age-related condition one fears the most. It is also believed that isolation ages us.
Saunders, a researcher said that socially engaging has a good and measurable impact on brain health. Social isolation rises mental health-related problems. One such instance was coronavirus, where social isolation contributed to the rising mental health problems.
So the top three ways to keep yourself fit, happy and relaxed can be to go out in the morning for a 10- or 15-minute walk, have a good six to eight hours of sleep, meet new people, try new food or new passions or anything to keep yourself busy.