Every Bit Helps

In this modern day and age, the phrase “the comforts of home” can easily refer to all the gadgets and gizmos we have in our lives that help us do less.  From the comfort of our recliner we can change the TV channel with a remote, answer the phone without getting up, and check our e-mails without needing to walk over to the computer.  This is after we’ve had our meal cooked in minutes by the microwave and our dishes washed by a machine.  In the name of progress, we drive everywhere, have our groceries delivered, and our lawn mower is self-propelled.  Isn’t life grand?

Unfortunately, as we age all the conveniences of life that have increased our inactivity end up being a contributing factor to our inability to move.  It’s important to stay active and continue to move or eventually we won’t be able to move.  According to the World Health Organization, 60-80% of adults are inactive and their sedentary lifestyle results in 2 million deaths worldwide every day! By the age of 80 you can lose up to 40% of your muscles mass as a result of inactivity.  Exercise and movement at any age has been proven to reduce the risks of hypertension, diabetes, obesity and dementia.  It enhances the immune system, reduces stress, lowers cholesterol, reduces the pain of arthritis, and slows the aging process. 

Particularly as we age, the less we move about, the less we will be able to and that translates into a loss of independence.  Just by increasing the amount of activity in our lives we will be rewarded with improved mobility and increased energy.  You’re never too old or out of shape to start doing more.  Exercise can easily be incorporated into the activities of your daily routine. When you have a choice, use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator at the mall.  Make more trips up and down the stairs at home.  Walk over to your neighbor’s house to chat instead of making a call.  Park a bit further from the store when you go shopping.  If you look around your home you can change where you keep things and that can force you to move more to retrieve them.  Start making changes slowly and stay aware of doing things safely.  It takes time to build strength and fitness and the key is to stay committed.  Remember that every bit helps.  What changes have you made to increase your fitness level?  Share below and visit us at http://www.trilliumhomecare.com




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