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Physical activity, the key to aging well?

With age you gain experience, in maturity, you take a step back from things, you go to the essentials. Progress lies in the preservation of intelligences that are at their peak even well beyond 60 years.

The observation: Life expectancy remains at 83 years while healthy life expectancy has declined to 69 years!

How can we live the years earned better?

In its global strategy, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends physical activity for the elderly.

Physical activity includes leisure, travel (e.g. walking or cycling), work, household chores, play activities, sports or planned exercise, in the daily, family or community context.

Aging well

In order to improve their cardio-respiratory endurance, muscle, joint and bone condition, and reduce the risk of disease, depression and impaired cognitive function, older adults should practice at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity or at least 75 minutes of sustained endurance activity or an equivalent combination of moderate-intensity and sustained activity during the week.

Endurance activity should be performed in periods of at least 10 minutes.

To gain additional health benefits, older adults should increase the duration of their moderate-intensity endurance activity to achieve sessions of at least 30 minutes, 300 minutes per week, or 150 minutes per week of sustained endurance activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate and sustained intensity activity.

Older adults with reduced mobility should engage in physical activity to improve balance and prevent falls at least three days a week.

Muscle-strengthening exercises involving the main muscle groups should be performed at least two days a week.

handsome energetic senior man with beard wearing sports clothes doing cardio routine wild nature elderly man having joyful confident look keeping foot log training leg muscles before run 2
Handsome energetic senior man with beard wearing sports clothes doing cardio routine in wild nature. Elderly man having joyful confidant look keeping foot on log, training leg muscles before run

When older adults are unable to engage in the recommended amount of physical activity because of their health, they should be as physically active as their abilities and condition allow. 

Physical activity is good for morale

Physical activity is a great way to relieve tension and anxiety. They also increase positive emotions and self-esteem. This may be the best anti-depressant ever!

senior couple training together

Physical activity is good for social ties

Physical activities, especially sports, can be practiced with a group of friends, and why not as part of a club or association. Beyond physical activity itself, they allow you to get out of your home and "see the world."

For seniors who live alone, it's a great way to get out of isolation and meet new people. This is also true for couples so as not to always stay "one on top of the other", as can sometimes happen in retirement, when one no longer has any professional activity.

The physical activities proposed by Age Impulse

Age Impulse offers an activity 3 times 30 minutes per week to free up time for group reunions. Your buddies are going to be the benchmark for your progress. 

Age Impulse allows you to take the first step, regain your confidence or get out of a possible sedentary lifestyle. The coach is in the second line.

The activities on offer are personalized, adapted to the physical condition of each and far from the metrics gadgets. They are based on 200 international publications, 30 years of work by Professor Billat and 20 years of work before, since the 1950s we have been interested in the ergonomics of Man for Effort. 

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