A Swedish study found that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity, even adding extra years to our life. This proved to be true even if we don’t start exercising until our senior years. As we grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever to our health.
Getting moving can help boost our energy, maintain our independence, protect our heart, and manage symptoms of illness or pain as well as our weight. Regular exercise is also good for our mind, mood, and memory.
Cardio uses large muscle groups in rhythmic motions over a period of time and gets the heart pumping. Cardio includes walking, stair climbing, swimming, hiking, cycling, rowing, tennis, and dancing. The benefits include lessening fatigue and shortness of breath and promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities such as walking, house cleaning, and errands.
Getting active is not just about adding years to our life, it’s about adding life to our years.
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