I’m sure you guys are all really tired about me harping on ya to exercise for your future – not just to fit into that cute little red dress you saw in a window, but I came across this video on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s web site and I just had to share it with you because it demonstrates visually, and in a very powerful way, what I’ve been trying to put into words for years:
The video above really displays visually exactly what I observed during my clinical placement in my undergrad at a physiotherapy clinic. I treated many elderly of all sizes for various orthopaedic injuries that were a direct result of the loss of strength and range of motion cause from years of inactivity. The injuries were not more prevalent in obese elderly either – the same injuries occurred in people who likely had a healthy weight their entire lives. The old saying “Use it or lose it” is so true and is most easily observed when working in geriatric settings.
Folks, I share this video today because I care about you – I want you to be active. I want you to be able to enjoy your last 10 years.
Here are 5 ways to make health last (courtesy of the Heart and Stroke Foundation):
- Cost of physical inactivity: Four quality years*
- Cost of a poor diet: Three quality years
- Cost of excessive stress: Two quality years
- Cost of smoking: Two and a half quality years
- Cost of excessive drinking: Two quality years
Want to assess your health risk? Here’s a handy calculator at MakeHealthLast.ca