Older adults who exercise regularly can perform everyday tasks more easily and gain independence shows New research. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), insufficient physical activity causes around 3.2 million deaths worldwide each year.
Heavy traffic areas, pollution, and a lack of parks and facilities cause declining levels of physical activity may be due, in part, to an increase in sedentary behavior.
Experts define physical activity as a combination of everyday tasks, such as work duties (if applicable), transportation, chores, and exercise they do during leisure time, such as walking, swimming, and gardening for adults aged 65 and above.
Older adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, WHO recommend that, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, during the week. They should also perform activities focused on strengthening their muscles twice per week.
Older adults should also do physical activity to enhance balance on three or more days per week who have mobility issues.
Following workout routine improves cardiorespiratory and muscular functions and helps reduce the risk of depression and cognitive decline.
These benefits create a positive chain reaction because the older adults will require less support and will, therefore, be less reliant on others.
Crevenna, says, “I never cease to be amazed that — despite the proven benefits of exercise — far too many people continue to do too little physical activity.”
Richard Crevenna rightfully says “People of all ages should be more active, to stay healthy and independent for longer and remain self-sufficient. There is only one thing we can do: continue to strive toward greater public awareness!”