Better Late Than Never: Exercising Helps You Live Longer No Matter When You Start, Study Says

An interesting article from TIME magazine under their LIVE WELL section about living longer…Click here to read

Better Late Than Never: Exercising Helps You Live Longer No Matter When You Start, Study Says

Alice Park wrote her TIME> LIVE WELL article back in March 2019, about the findings in March 2019 of “a study published, where they asked more than 315,000 U.S. adults — between ages 50 and 71 — about their leisure-time activity at four different points in their lives: when they were 15-18 years, 19-29 years, 35-39 years and 40-61 years”.

The remarkable range of health benefits of exercise and their conclusion surprised Pedro Saint-Maurice PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and his colleagues. “when he looked at people who were not active when they were younger, but who increased their exercise levels after their 40s beyond levels they had when they were younger. They also showed declines in their risk of dying early that were similar to those of people who exercised consistently throughout their lives — a drop of 32% to 35% compared to people who didn’t exercise. Drops in heart disease and cancer risk were similar to the steady exercisers, too. For these people as well, those who increased their exercise levels the most saw the greatest benefits.”

In summary, even if you start some form of exercise, you will benefit to the same degree of those who have exercised all their lives – it is never too late to start to live longer!

A definition from health advocates at ShareCare is:  “Exercise is physical activity that enhances health and fitness. The term exercise encompasses healthful activities from the gentle, like walking or lifting light dumbbells, to the strenuous, like marathon running, speed swimming, or martial arts training. There are a great variety of exercises, and they convey many health benefits, including: weight control, prevention of disease (cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers, for example), improving strength and flexibility, increasing endurance, aiding bone health, improving mood, and helping to extend life. People have used regular exercise for thousands of years to improve health. Exercise can lead to injury if it is overdone, or if too much is attempted too quickly, so it’s a good idea to discuss taking up exercise with your healthcare provider. He or she can advise you on what may be a good plan and starting point for you. “

What does exercise look like as part of the Elysium Wellness Lifestyle™ ? Let’s dispel the stigma of what many think exercise is as it is subject to personal and societal interpretation and judgement.

On Elysium, exercise is not necessarily a strict Arnold Schwarzenegger training regime to win Mr. Universe or Mr. Olympia seven times no less! Exercise is a personal and gradual improvement that will be discussed with our resident so that exercise that is remarketed and reframed will be a weekly activity and daily past-time – when it is fun, engaging, distracting, then it is not a ‘chore’ or onerous task.

Here are some examples of our versions of ‘exercise’ onboard our Elysium ship…

  • A daily gentle promenade with a ship colleague, visiting friend or family member, or you assigned carer, strolling about the upper-promenade deck taking in the fresh, clean sea air, spectacular multi-million dollar views, talking or sharing each other’s thoughts on ‘Life, The Universe, and Everything in it”…
  • If interested, to nurture your selected plot of one of the many floral, decorative, medicinal herb and vegetable gardens indoor or outdoor about the ship…
  • Helping and participating to regularly feed the fish at a favourite of 12 aquariums onboard…
  • Participating, if able, with visiting one of the local vineyards, or craft breweries, or local rescue animal shelters, or local market days, or festivals…
  • Organise a picnic onboard, or ashore, with friends and family, transported by one of our Elysium classic car fleet vehicles from the 1950’s to a local and prominent venue, to take in a gentle beach walk, garden stroll, or capture the view from an elevated hill point…
  • Create a hand crafted piece of furniture, or toy, for local orphanages or primary schools in our fully equipped “The Shed” that is inclusive and guided by our full time machine shop caretakers and craft team of teachers…
  • Laughing often, loudly, and long is exercise, enjoyable exercise! You can do this at our onboard ‘Cat Chat Café’ or “The Dog House Cafe” with our full-time resident cats and dogs from Australian or New Zealand rescue shelters, meeting and chatting with ship mates, visiting friends or and family for a gentle beverage, or just laughing at the antics of our ship based pets!

Come join us!

 

A group of seniors smiling together while in a retirement home

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