We get it. We can always learn a thing or two from our elders. And when it comes to fitness I am paying extra close attention to those that are living into their 90s and living their best lives. Sadly, in the United States, the average life expectancy is 79 years, our longevity at this rate is not looking good. I (and many others) want to know what the people are doing to stay so healthy when they live not just in their 90s but even into their 100s. What is the secret?
Well, they aren’t trying to push their bodies to the limits with intense workout, they feel movement should be a bit more dynamic. A little movement here and a little rest there. Too many of us are go go go or the complete opposite. It is time to level both of these out.
If you are like many Americans and you find yourself staring at a computer for the majority of your day, it’s important to be intentional about regular movement. This can look different for various people because remember this should be movement you enjoy, but the overall goal is to aim for 150 to 300 minutes of activity per week according to the Physical Activities Guide for Americans.
3 of the Best Exercises for Longevity
Walking is an obvious one so let’s skip right over that one.
Dancing, whether it is in your living room in your underwear or moving with other people, dancing is a very positive and loving thing to do for your body. It can increase your heart rate, get you a little sweaty, and always be working on your cognitive function. Let the music move you.
Tai Chi is a series of movements performed in a slow and focused manner with deep breathing. It is a Chinese mind-body practice. Similar to dance, tai chi takes coordination, which again helps to keep cognitive health in check. Tai chi, even though it isn’t fast, it is great to help reduce stress.
Gardening is a great way to lift your spirits and challenge your muscles. Gardening is hard work and it is one of the best exercises for longevity. It is something you can keep up until the end.