PMA and Physicality Keys to Healthy Aging

PMA and Physicality Keys to Healthy Aging
Here’s some good advice if you want to live long and prosper – exercise on a regular basis and have a rosy outlook on life. Maintaining a positive mental attitude and staying physically active are proving to be two of the most powerful things people can do to live longer and healthier.

Are you aware that an estimated three quarters of American seniors suffer from multiple chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, vision and eye diseases, lung disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, hearing loss, incontinence, Alzheimer’s and dementia? And the solution for prevention may be as simple as enjoying the little things in life and getting up off of the couch and moving around as much as possible.

In one recent study, British researchers surveyed more than 3,000 men and women over the age of 60 for a period of eight years. Participants answered questions about their satisfaction in life and sense of happiness on a scale of one to four.

They were also asked questions to determine if they experienced any physical impairment in relation to performing everyday personal tasks, such as bathing, taking showers, getting dressed. Walking speed was also calculated to determine energy and agility.

The researchers found that those participants who reported greater satisfaction with their life also exhibited greater mobility and less disability than their more dissatisfied peers. Those who expressed greater satisfaction were also more likely to be married, employed, better educated and have a higher socioeconomic status.

Participants who expressed the least life enjoyment experienced three times as much difficulty performing everyday chores. The research team concluded that their results provide evidence that reduced enjoyment of life may be related to the future disability and mobility of older people.

Another recent study out of the University of Kansas of close to 200,000 individuals between the ages of 45 and 64 showed that those most physically active throughout the day reduced their risk of chronic disease. The researchers found that getting up on your feet and being physically active as much as possible improved health and quality of life and lowered the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and breast and colon cancers.

Sitting for long periods of time with little to no muscle contraction apparently shuts down the process of metabolism. In other words, the more people sit around, the greater their risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and premature death.

A positive mental attitude and a vigorous physical life will do more for a person’s health than any wonder miracle drug. Perhaps, the “fountain of youth” people look for is as simple as being physically active and keeping on the sunny side of life.

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