The Key to a Longer Life: Movement!

By On January 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment

None of us are looking forward to aging, to aches and pain, to limitations. People have looked high and low for solutions to stave off old age with varied results. What is the single best solution? A few recent health studies propose movement.

Yes, move your way to a longer, healthier life!

Based on a study published recently, inactivity causes 1 in 10 premature deaths. This is equivalent to the premature deaths caused by smoking. Inactivity has become a pandemic of sorts as its effects reach around the world.

The results of another study published recently suggest that those that participate in moderate to vigorous exercise for 150 minutes per week will live two to three years longer. While a few extra years may not inspire everyone to rise off the couch, these results combined with the previously mentioned study show that movement alone can go a long way in fighting disease and increasing quality and length of life.

movement outdoorsThese results could sound like the repetitive nagging we hear from time to time like a distant, whining siren to change our lifestyle and get in shape. But before you shove these studies and their results aside, consider a few things:

These studies were not specific in their prescription. Just move. Walk, dance, play, skip. All free. All effective. Looking for company? Do Pilates, NIA, Gyrokinesis, Zumba. All accessible, fun, and affordable.

What form of movement puts the biggest smile on your face? That one, too, will add years to your life and fight disease.

No medical procedure, prescription, or even appointment could be less complicated than moving for 20 to 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week. Why not try it? Start small and go from there.

You don’t really have to change your lifestyle. You simply need to add something to it: a little movement. No one is asking you to transform into a body builder or Olympic athlete. Just allow your body to do that for which it was designed: MOVE!

What is your favorite form of movement? Where do you love to move? Do you have a favorite class at Pilates Studio City? (I know, they are all great!) Share with us and our readers in the comments below!

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