There is NOTHING more important than your health. That was reinforced for me over the last ten days, suffering from some strain of the 700 flu viruses floating around. DeDe and I were housebound and did nothing else but sneeze, sleep and read; but have both now just turned the corner.
Related to your health, thanks to Brent Abel for the link to this article that reinforces what WE all believe… Exercise and sport will help you live a longer and healthier life.
Movement is medicine
According to the article in the World Economic Forum, “Physical activity sets off a cascade of ‘signals’ which, if repeated, improve the function of our body and brain, diminishing the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders, reducing anxiety and enhancing concentration and attention.
Movement is medicine. The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the possibility of adverse outcomes in almost every population, and increasing your levels of physical activity is one of the few interventions that has been demonstrated as beneficial across age-ranges, ethnic groups, and spectrums of physical ability.
Physical activity levels in our leisure time have remained relatively constant over the past few decades. However, sedentary activities at home, such as watching TV or consuming other media, coupled with technological advances in the workplace, mean that we spend a lot more time sitting over the course of an average week than we used to.
As our weekly minutes of physical activity decreases, risk of premature death significantly increases. There seems to be a dose-response association between total sitting time and the risk of dying from anything. In contrast, simply moving more, and moving more regularly, has a powerful influence on reducing the risk of disease, death and improving quality of life.”
Playing Senior Tennis
One of my favorite all time quotes, comes from George Bernard Shaw: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.”
P.S. Next year I “move up” and will be playing in the 75s! It is hard to believe.
Your thoughts on aging and sports???
For the full article, click HERE https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/healthspan-vs-lifespan/
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