With an ageing population, Tanita is actively participating in many schemes and research projects to enhance senior health. Research shows there are many health benefits of staying active and maintaining well-balanced body composition as we age including:
Increase in energy and improved quality of life
Reduction of stress and risk of depression
Better balance and reduction of risk of falls
Prevention or delay for many diseases and disabilities
Staying social and building relationships
So what counts as physical activity?
Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving and increases your heart rate. It can include any number of activities from walking, dancing or any leisure sport. Research has shown that at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (fast walking, swimming, riding a bike etc) every week will have a direct impact on health and wellbeing.
One way of achieving 150 minutes of activity is to carry out 30 minutes on at least five days a week. It is recommended that in addition to the 150 minute target, adding exercises that focus purely on muscle strengthening such as weight training or yoga should be carried out at least 2 times a week.
The latest studies show that it’s never too late to start exercising and gain the long term health benefits. If starting from a sedentary lifestyle, it is a good idea to try activities you enjoy or simply by walking at a comfortable pace and then start increasing intensity and frequency. Setting progressive goals and getting other people involved will help keep your motivation levels high.
Remember, by reducing time sitting on the sofa watching TV, in the car or reading while sitting and increasing physical activity and muscle strength will directly improve health, reduce the risk of falls and lower the risk of other illnesses.
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