“Getting old, aging, growing older”… words that no one is fond of hearing, but we can age well if we just set our minds to it.
Studies have shown that staying active when younger has been linked to staying physically fit later in life.
For example, the Fit in 50 Years study found that men who led an active lifestyle in their youth had better physical activity at age 70 and also visited the doctor less across their entire lifespan.
‘The health benefits of physical activity are widely established... There is strong evidence that regular, moderate-intensity physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, diabetes, hypertension, colon cancer and breast cancer. Moreover, research has shown that physical activity not only improves mental well-being, but also is effective treatment for clinical depression and anxiety.’
Feeling like you are too old to start leading a more active lifestyle may be the very thing that’s holding you back. And having the growth mindset of “open to experience” can help people stay healthier and fit later in life and even defy the aging process for a long time. People who have exercised all their lives are more likely to have the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol profile of a younger person.
Dr. Nick Tsaggarelis, chiropractor and director of ONE80 Health - an integrative health clinic in Toronto, endorses leading a more active lifestyle and believes in the four pillars of health living which incorporates - sleep, nutrition, movement, and mindset.
Dr. Nick shared, that in his line of work he sees both active and inactive patients on a daily basis and observed that those with a more active lifestyle can overcome their ailments a lot quicker and easier than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Dr Nick. states that every choice we make today will define how healthy we stay in the future.
Getting Started on your Fitness Journey
Getting started on your fitness journey is the hardest obstacle to overcome, taking that leap and making the change is the first hurdle. When embarking on a fitness journey you should first ask yourself;
What can I commit to?
Don’t overwhelm yourself when first starting out as taking on too much can lead to feeling burnt out and a give you lack of motivation. So, start small by incorporating exercise into your everyday routine such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk after dinner.
What are my limits?
Knowing your limits is an important part of every fitness journey, don’t jump straight into lifting the heaviest weight in the gym, as you will get demotivated when you A. can’t lift the weight or B. hurt yourself by lifting too heavy.
What do I need to learn?
This is something that a lot of people overlook when they first embark on their fitness journey. Learning how to move your body and doing so with correct form is the most important thing to master when you are first starting out. This is to ensure that you most importantly don’t hurt yourself and to ensure that you are targeting the muscles that you set out to.
This is why hiring an exercise coach is a great way to help newbie’s break the ice into correct form and build strength for every day endeavours.
Oksana Wankiewicz , registered kinesiologist and exercise coach at ONE80 Health, urges everyone new and experienced to book an appointment with her so she can help you stay injury free and work on strengthening your body for your life’s unique demands. Oksana will take you through a comprehensive consultation and work with you to ensure you can start exercising confidently and above all safely.