21 Feb Live Longer and Healthier by Gardening
People aged 60 and older may benefit and live a longer and healthier life by gardening. That’s right, this group may live longer by getting their hands dirty and moving about. Many older people don’t or can’t vigorously exercise at a club on a routine basis. They simply spend too much time on the sofa, which leads to a lifestyle of habits that are unhealthy. We give this inactive lifestyle of being sedentary and watching too much TV a name. It’s called couch potatoes.
The British Journal for Sports Medicine says research performed in Stockholm, Sweden found the elderly are more sedentary than other groups. Simply being active, not even exercising was better than nothing. Doing more means less chances when it comes to heart attacks. This study they looked at was twelve years in length, and what they saw was heart attack and stroke were reduced by more than a 1/4 and death overall by a 1/3.
Older folks who sit risk lowering their metabolic rate, and altering hormones that regulate metabolism. The message is clear, do activities you enjoy and more of them! Whether it is cutting the lawn, cooking, walking or gardening, just do it.
Researchers claim getting out in the garden is just as fine as the workout in the gym, if you want to keep your heart healthy. This also helps people avoid strokes. Residents in Stockholm, over 4,200 of them participated in this study and a general health report was initially obtained. The Swedes used laboratory tests, such as clotting factors(important in clot related strokes and heart attacks), insulin, glucose and cholesterol levels.
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