How far should people over 65 walk to stay healthy?
The Spanish Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (SERMEF) urges the population to mark themselves target for 2023″ and go further“To reduce high sedentary lifestyle and avoid health complications that can lead to conditions of disability.
As such, they ask that, once the holidays are over and the potential Christmas excesses are over, citizens begin to move more to improve their health. “It would be a good New Year’s resolution,” he says.
In this context, from SERMEF they emphasize that the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation focuses on the approach to disability and they state that they aim to “prevent this”. “Nothing is better for this than physical activity and exercise”, he stresses, going on to clarify that “it is not the same thing at all, because physical activity is any movement performed by muscles and that takes energy”. involves the expenditure of (eg climbing stairs, walking, gardening or gardening, etc.), Whereas exercise is a physical activity that is planned, structured and with a purpose”, he explains to SERMEF.
Thus, he tells the medical society that “three days is an inspiration, three weeks a habit and results are obtained after three months”. “Regular exercise is associated with increased longevity and the risk of various diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cognitive decline, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, and/or triglycerides, obesity, and osteoarthritis.” reduces.”, they explain.
Additionally, regular exercise is associated with better Psychological health and functional status. “This means that, the better muscle health, the better we can do the activities we love, like taking care of ourselves without depending on someone, walking, shopping, traveling etc. Regular exercise is very important . Even if it doesn’t. Regularly, it’s better than nothing,” he stresses.
Along these lines, rehabilitation physicians affirm that “Physical activity is the elixir that provides health and increases life expectancy even in disabled patients and that it produces benefits at any age, but it is effective only when when it is difficult to do so”.
In this sense, they remember that around 80 percent of the population does not reach the recommended level of physical activity, Therefore it is “very bad” to adhere to physical activity and exercise, but “it must be managed to reverse and be compliant”, he stresses to SERMEF.
In conclusion, these experts emphasize that, following the indications of the World Health Organization (WHO), there are general recommendations for the general population aimed at reducing a sedentary lifestyle: in addition to performing aerobic exercise for five days Do light physical activity throughout the day. 30 to 60 minutes a week, at a moderate intensity, with moderate resistance exercise two to three days a week.
“Perhaps these recommendations may seem excessive. And clearly not everyone has 30-60 minutes a day to devote to physical activity, but we must bear in mind that the time we spend on moderate-intensity physical activity invest in it, that would be an investment in our current health.” and our future health”, concludes SERMEF.