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Photo by Peter Blanchard via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Peter Blanchard via Flickr Creative Commons

 

A new study from Yale University helps to prove what may seem obvious; that with only moderate physical activity, older adults can recover from disabilities more quickly and  maintain independence. Canada's physical activity guidelines for older adults recommends only 150 minutes a week of moderate activity. That's about 20 minutes a day of activities like walking, cycling or swimming. Both the Yale study and the Canada guidelines point out that more activity is better.  

We live in a fast paced world, where sometimes even exercise can be taken to the extreme. Sometimes we feel like we need to jam in a vigorous workout into our lives, but a better approach is making physical fitness part of our everyday lives, incorporating activities we enjoy into our daily routine.

In addition to the minimal amount of moderate exercise for older adults, Canada's guidelines also recommend muscle and bone strengthening activities as well as activities to enhance balance and prevent falls. Those goals can be achieved in our Yoga Tune Up classes at Connect Yoga. Our classes are carefully crafted to offer those benefits in a safe environment. Through regular attendance at our studio, you'll also gain body awareness that will help you move better in your everyday life, particularly as you get older.  

But you don't need to wait until you're 65 to start taking care of your body. Start good habits and set your body up to enter your senior years by getting started early!