The Benefits of Active Living for Seniors

February 23, 2014

You may be familiar with the term active living. It has become something of a buzzword in the past few years, but what does it really mean?

How much activity do we need? How often? For how long? It can all seem overwhelming at times, but research has shown that physical activity has many life benefits and has even been associated with longer life expectancy.

According to Health Canada “physical inactivity can cause premature death, chronic disease and disability”. Many of us are familiar with the state of inertia that can set in after a period of inactivity brought about by illness, injury, depression, stress or other life circumstances. It is a fundamental principle of classical physics that states that “every body endeavors to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line”. While it can be daunting to get started, after a period of time of inactivity, the benefits are soon realized as the body, mind and spirit soon recognize, through movement, the joys of being alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAL (55+) and Fort Garry Community CentreZing into Spring