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Senior Living Health: Exercise and Diets (Part 1)

Blog April 6th, 2015

Remember when the internet wasn’t as readily used as it is today? In order to know if something was trustworthy, you relied heavily on your peers and people you held in high-esteem; when they told you something was healthy, you trusted their word.

The problem (but also, the solution) is research across the world has become readily accessible. So, after you hear one thing, there will be dozens of articles that disprove it and dozens that support it as well. For instance, just the other day, I was reading an article in the UK that seems to suggest that mouth wash isn’t all that good for you unless you have some sort of oral infection to ward off.

Similarly, our diets have always been the subject of much debate regarding what is and is not healthy. Is gluten-free better for you? Some indicate that we were always gluten intolerant but have only recently grown tolerant after years of use. Even the paleo diet has some evidence that suggests it might not be what people think it is. Whenever you research a topic on the web, there are numerous sources (oftentimes, credible) that provide enough evidence to argue it either way – that’s why it’s a problem and also a solution. On the one hand, we have immediate knowledge; on the other, you really need to read the fine print to determine what is good for you!

All these different diets claim to be healthy, but all involve different things.

So how is that possible?

One conclusion is, there’s not enough data to be wholly accurate, but another is everyone is different. It’s not that some are healthy and others are lying, but that what works for some, may not work for others. So, we wrote this article to put aside fears as to what you are doing right and simply state what works (in general) for the senior living lifestyles.

Senior Living Health: Exercise

When it comes to exercise for seniors, heavy lifting probably isn’t the best option. Rather, studies have shown that cardio is best since it keeps the heart healthy.

Now, something that a lot of people don’t seem to know about “running” is that there is such a thing as “too much.” Recent studies have shown that if you participate in marathons and undergo some intense running on a daily basis, then you’re more likely to be at risk for heart disease – the very thing “running” ought to fight against.

When it comes to healthy senior living, the “sweet spot appears to be 5 to 19 miles per week” (

In addition to this, many claim that working out in the morning is better than working out in the afternoon or evening. This makes sense since exercising in the morning elevates your metabolism, which means you’re able to digest more quickly/easily as the day goes on. This way, if you have a big breakfast (which you should, but more on that later), then you’ll be able to digest it without a problem.

Not to mention that, as you wake up earlier to exercise, your body starts to adapt. This means you’ll be hungrier for meals, sleepier at night, and you’ll even feel less pain waking up. If that wasn’t enough, your brain starts working faster earlier – it doesn’t need that coffee to trigger it.

In the end, one of the best perks to working out in the morning is that… IT’S DONE! There’s always that lurking feeling when you have an errand or chore to run later in the day, but this way, you’ve already finished it. Of course there are physical and mental benefits, but this is the cherry on top. For what diet you should be taking, check back tomorrow!

Senior Living Health: Exercise and Diets (Part 2)
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