There’s a health crisis out there hiding in plain sight. It’s silently sweeping across America right now as you read this. And it’s only getting worse.
There are millions of Americans… most of them a little older… who struggle with the most basic ability of all. And that’s the ability to get around.
This MOBILITY DISABILITY, as it’s called, isn’t just frustrating and limiting. It can lead to the loss of something as precious as gold to every older American. And that, of course, is your independence.
If you’re a senior who suffers from mobility disability, you often have to rely on loved ones and caregivers for help with even the most basic daily tasks. You may even end up in a care home when the burden becomes too big or things are no longer safe at home.
But new research reveals a single action you can take to help ensure this form of disability never strikes. And starting NOW could mean you hold onto your priceless freedom for all the rest of your days.
Keep it moving as you grow older
Some 16 million older Americans are battling mobility problems. That includes one in four women who can’t climb a single flight of stairs or walk two blocks.
If you don’t want to join them, the new study uncovered one simple rule to follow. MOVE IT… or LOSE IT! In fact, the less you move, the more likely you’ll end up struggling with mobility issues as you age.
But if you commit to getting up and getting going every day of your life, you’ll be more likely to stay on your feet for years to come. Even if, as you’ll see in a moment, that movement mostly consists of some basic, everyday activities.
And the more you move, the better off you’ll be. In fact, your risk of mobility struggles could be slashed nearly in half.
The researchers were even able to calculate the amount of time needed for the most successful outcomes. And the magic number turns out to be 4.8 hours a day.
Avoid mobility disability in your golden years
Now don’t panic. I know that 4.8 might sound like a LOT of movement at first. But it’s really deceptive if you take it at face value.
Because we’re not talking about spending 4.8 hours in the gym every day. It’s not even 4.8 hours of walking that’s required here. Every moment you’re up and moving counts.
In fact, your likely ALREADY clocking in far more activity than you might imagine. Because every little thing you do throughout the day goes into that 4.8 hours. That includes common chores like doing the laundry, tidying up the house, walking the dog, cooking, tending your garden, and even heading to the mailbox to retrieve your mail.
Literally, any moment you’re doing something OTHER than sitting is part of that figure that helps slash your mobility disability risk. And then you can round it out with some more structured exercise several days a week. (Need some help getting started? Check out these fun senior-friendly moves.)
Overall, when you sneak in enough of these basic daily movements, you can cut your risk of this form of disability by 46 percent over six years.
This study happened to focus on women specifically. But there’s every reason to believe men would see similar mobility benefits. And of course, we know from other studies that regular light movement and exercise can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and more. And that’s regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman.
Make it a habit to unseat your seat as often as possible, and you could avoid one of the worst cruelties of aging, the loss of mobility and freedom. Keep moving to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible so you can continue to squeeze every last moment of joy out of your golden years.
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