In my previous blog I discussed: incidental physical activity. And all the interrogatives that one needed to know. This blog is going to further discuss physical activity— with leading researchers from around the world recently got together, to develop a consensus on: physical activity and ageing.
Here is some empirical data first:
Higher social-economic country’s are poorly inactive. Due to the high demands commercialism places on individuals. And advances in technology.
Poor access to physical activity. Whether this be: bike path/lanes, parkland’s on-route to work, outdoor equipment and so forth lead to more sedentary behaviors.
Easy access to high-processed foods at the touch of a button have an impact on the current obesity epidemic.
You get the point!
Collectively, the aforementioned increase the risk for anyone of the nine known comorbidities that ‘we’ are currently facing: (hypertension, type II diabetes mellitus, chronic pain just to name a few). It is therefore of the utmost importance— that human population ages and flourishes well. With advances in medicine & technology; ‘we’ are living longer lives there is no doubt about it. However, some are aging with comorbidities which decreases quality of life, whilst burdening ‘are’ medical system. There is also more evidence that: being physically active between the ages of 15-45 decreases the chances of a bony fracture later in life. Or, having a robust plastic cardiorespiratory system— decreases the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease in later life.
I could go on!
The Copenhagen Consensus statement discussed earlier. Has four themes. Which provide evidence for the benefits of physical activity and ageing (1). I will briefly discuss the four— whilst provide the reference for further reading.
Theme 1: Functional Capacity and Health.
Adults that are physically active over inactive adults: are less dependent, have fewer musculoskeletal issues, have improved immunity, increased cognitive function and are less likely to have cardiovascular diseases.
Theme 2: Brain Health and Cognitive Function.
Neurodegeneration (such as Alzheimer’s) can be slowed or delayed in physically active adults; according to longitudinal studies.
Theme 3: Behavior Change, Intention and Habits.
“Physical activity is an individual behavior that is influenced by interpersonal, environmental and policy factors”. (1)
Theme 4: Sociological Perspectives.
Lifelong physical activity habits and experiences, influence participation in later life. “When physical activity is meaningful to them, older adults are more likely to continue participation”. (1)
As you can gauge from the aforementioned. Physical activity is not just going to the gym. Although great! Having access to open environmentally friendly spaces; such as: parks with safe equipment, bike paths that lead into the CBD, scenic views that increase awe and enjoyment, lastly, promotion and investment from the government; are all going to increase adherence to move more, and more frequently.
So even if you are in you’re 20’s or 50’s. Find ways to move more— which resonate with you! Of course, the Exercise Physiology team here at iNform Health can safely guide you through your movement. Enabling you to feel safe, adept and confident to tackle any bike path, or hike.
Bangsbo J, Blackwell J, Boraxbekk C, et al
Copenhagen Consensus statement 2019: physical activity and ageing
Br J Sports MedPublished Online First: 21 February 2019. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-100451