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Exercise & Fitness
Heart disease forecast: Gloomy, with boom time ahead
- By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health
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The report is indeed gloomy. It may seem pessimistic but that gives us a precautionary glimpse into the future where most Americans suffer from various types of cardiovascular diseases. Given the precarious economic situation today and probably in the near future, one could not help but wonder if the American economy can sustain such burgeoning healthcare costs. Well, seniors (and would-be seniors) should start doing some physical activities. Physical inactivity can only add up to your health woes. Nursing homes for the aged ones have regular and specific workout regimen for the elderly. This should also apply to those who chose home care. A good home care solution should incorporate the need to bring out the old folks regularly to bathe in the warm sunshine. I guess every American should add exercise into their survival health kit.
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I wonder how would it impact the entire healthcare cost if too many people have cardiovascular diseases….
It is certainly scary to think of all the problems that boomers will have. I see a lot of 30-40s people out exercising but see few in there late 50s,70s. I do see lots of older adults out taking a dog for a walk or just going for a stroll with a friend but they are often moving so slow or stopping to chat so often that their exercise benefit is minimal. Community groups, national health incentives and seniors group training are certainly making some headway but really need more promotion.
Your take on Caldwell Esselstyn’s approach to preventing heart disease? How about no nuts or added oils – even canola!!! I have spoken to him on a few occasions and he makes a compelling case for his approach.
As a personal trainer I can confirm that physical inactivity is often neglected as one of the risk factors in heart disease. But along with smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity, physical inactivity can be just as harmful to the body.
When exercising, remember you only have to take it regularly. Not seriously.
Significant health benefits can be obtained by including a moderate amount of physical activity (i.e. 30 minutes of brisk walking or raking leaves, 15 minutes of running, or 45 minutes of playing volleyball) on most, if not all, days of the week. You can do these 30 minutes all in one go, or break it up into shorter sessions and you will get similar benefits!
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