It’s never too late to get physically fit, even for those in later life.
It seems like Financial Advisors, us included, are always talking about financial planning, retirement planning, investing, economics, etc. We thought it would be refreshing to talk about quality of life and wellness. Also if your New Year’s resolve is unresolving, this may help motivate you.
In doing some research for this week’s article, we were amazed the impact exercise can have on seniors. While everyone knows exercise can have positive impacts on your lifestyle, energy level and general wellness, the findings of recent research are truly stunning.
An extensive study recently published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine examined the association between physical activity and healthy aging with over 8 years of follow-up. They studied a population of over 3,400 people with an average age of 64, and a time frame over 8 years.
According to Bloomberg, “taking up exercise at retirement triples rate of healthy aging.” This appears to be very conservative according to the British study. Some of the takeaways from the study are:
- Regular physical activity in later life boosts likelihood of “healthy aging” up to seven-fold
- Exercise helps stave off major ill health and dementia even for those getting started relatively late
- Four years of sustained regular physical activity boosted the likelihood of healthy aging seven-fold compared with consistent inactivity, the findings show
- It’s never too late to get physically active, with even those starting relatively late in life reaping significant health benefits
- Those who had regularly indulged in moderate or vigorous physical activity at least once a week were three to four times more likely to be healthy than those who had remained inactive
- Those who became physically active also reaped benefits, compared with those who did nothing. They were more than three times as likely to be healthy seniors!
- Those who sustained regular physical activity over the entire period were seven times as likely to be healthy seniors as those who had consistently remained inactive
Clearly this study supports engaging in physical activity for older adults, even those of “advanced age.” If you are in this age group, please take action. If you know someone in this age group, please pass on this article…it could make a huge difference in their quality of life.
Contact us at Financial Freedom Planners today and together we can get you on your road for retirement.
As the Nike commercials say: “Just Do It!”