Health and Happiness for an ageing
Suresh Kumar Lau
Happiness is an integral part of the life. The healthy body can only provide peace of mind and express happiness. Human wellness is inextricably linked to keep body healthy and physical fit. Physically active lifestyle benefit individuals throughout the life span. However, this happiness can be diminish if body does not remain healthy and fit in the process of ageing.
The various dimensions of ageing health and to search the various means to seek happiness against the background of ageing health. Physical activity, recreation and appropriate exercise are the means to stay fit and happy in ageing health.
The increase in life – expectancy at birth being a global phenomenon, which has led to a rise in the proportion of older age group within the entire population all over the world. India is greying and greying fast. In India, the proportion of elderly has risen 5.63 per cent in 1961 to 8.3 per cent in 2012. Longer life – spans, combined with families opting to have few children, have led to the elderly growing proportion in India’s population. By 2050, India will be home to one out of every six of the world’s older person. By 2050, there will be 324 million citizens over the age of 60 in India, while 48 million of them will be over 80.
For many people, the sunset years of life often turn out to be traumatic. Old age cannot wished away. But with adequate exercise, proper diet and retirement plans, those advancing years can be healthy and eventually happiness. With ageing, diverse functions of living body deteriorate. There is roman view that old age is a disease itself. It is still believed that greatest setback that can befall anyone is the combination of old age, ailment and hardship. Every society has its own way of dealing with elderly and ageing member. In fact, this is cogitation of society ethos, religion and also political and economic condition may sound like truism.
Walking is a natural exercise and so easy so do as well. It is undoubtedly the best form of activity. It is the easiest and most satisfactory way of throwing off lethargy and discovering a new form of exercise. Readily variable it can be tailored to the individual and the environment in which one lives. Walking is a vital defense against the ravages of degenerative swimming, running and bicycling, an aerobic exercise, which builds the capacity for energy output and physical endurance by increasing the supply of oxygen to the muscles and skin. Such exercise may be primary factor in prevention of heart and circulatory disease. Walking is the most acceptable exercise for the greatest number of people. There is evidence that walking may actually open up Walking may also increase the elasticity of the blood vessels, decreasing the likelihood that they will rupture under pressure-one cause of strokes. Walking is the safest form of exercise for men and women with osteoporosis. Physical activity is consequently a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Guidelines for walking:
Although a walking program is one of the safest and least strenuous forms of exercise, it is wise to consult your doctor before beginning one.
Avoid walking immediately after meals or in extremely hot, cold, humid or windy weather.
Wear properly fitted low-heeled shoes for maximum comfort and safety.
Do not push your body until you are gasping for breath. If you become tired, stop and rest
Walk smoothly, putting energy into each step. After a while, you will develop that rhythm and stride most natural for your weight and height.
Walking one of life’s most simple pleasures. In fact, some researcher has shown that walking can have the same benefits on cardiovascular health as running. Walking can help to prevent the onset of Type II diabetes. In fact, a regular walking programme can also help to manage blood sugar level almost as effective as medication.
Exercise is considered to be most important for the aged to maintain their health, both mentally and physically. Regular exercise is the cheapest and most sustaining medicine that can be prescribed for a great number of old age ailments. Regular exercise is one significant contribution we must make towards our own old age well-being.