My Number One Tip to Living Longer and Being Happier

Number one tip to living longer

There is a growing body of evidence that you just can’t ignore; the more consistently you move your body every single day the more you reduce your morbidity and mortality.

What’s even more important though is that whilst you are increasing your time on this planet, through regular exercise, you are also increasing the quality of it.

My number one tip to living longer and being happier is to huff and puff for 30 to 45 minutes every single day.

I know without a doubt that if I do not keep exercising I will lose the ability to move my body and perform the every day tasks that I take for granted. There will come a time in the not too distant future that I may not have the strength in my legs to get out of a chair, to step out of a bath, to open a jar, to pick up a box or to get myself up off the floor if I lay or fall down.

This is scary stuff and I see it happen time and time again to people who have not remained active in their middle age. Your muscles atrophy (decrease in size and strength) at approximately 1% of your total mass per year after the age of 45, if you don’t do targeted exercise to keep them strong.

If your body senses that you do not need the muscle for daily function it will stop supporting them and as a result your muscles starts to wither away. Before you know it you don’t even have the strength to get up off your toilet seat. Now that is not what I call quality of life!

A recent study conducted by Professor Debra Anderson at the Queensland University of Technology has shown that older adults who undertake regular physical activity, also report significantly less disability and better physical function regardless of their body mass.

In other words it is better to be fit and fat than unfit and fat or even unfit and thin!

Professor Anderson also said that “The most active women are more likely to survive than the least physically active women and that high-intensity exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your brain health.”

If there is one thing that you can do with out an ounce of doubt to increase your health and happiness, it is exercise.

I can’t stress enough how vitally important this is; your body was designed to move, it wasn’t designed to sit in an office chair or a lounge chair in front of the TV.

I don’t like exercising but I make sure I get outside and huff and puff every single day.

Why?

Because my health and happiness is the most important thing to me. Without it, I am no good to anyone else.

My encouragement to you is to make a pact with yourself to do some moderate to intense exercise for 45 to 60 minutes every single day.

If you are unsure of where to start, just put some joggers on, wear some comfortable clothing and get outside with mother nature and walk.

The aim is to make sure that it is not just a stroll though, you need to put in some serous effort to ensure you huff and puff.

If for some reason you are unable to move fast enough to huff an puff, please don’t give up.

Just get outside and move in whatever way you can. As long as you are using your muscles you are sending signals to your body that it needs them.

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Have a wonderful week moving your body and nourishing your mind.

Be happy, colour the world.

Claire

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