Being active is a pension for your body
As we get closer to retirement we tend to think more about our financial pension, however have you ever thought about a pension for your body?
Try our 6-week step challenge today and start collecting steps towards a healthy retirement and more active future.
What's surprising is just how powerful a medicine a daily or near-daily walk can be. New studies find new benefits all of the time; preventing heart disease and diabetes, relieving back pain, reducing anxiety and improving overall quality of life.
Whether you are just starting to think about retirement, have just retired, or have been retired for a while, you can start building a pension for your body any time. But the earlier you start the better. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that's easy, free and available to everyone!
It is recommended that adults aim to be active everyday and accumulate 150 minutes of activity each week. Walking for 30 minutes everyday, even if you achieve this in 10 minute bursts, will get you active at a level that will be beneficial to your health.
Great reasons for getting more active
- 3 years difference in life expectancy between inactive people and those achieving just 30 mins a week
- 1 in 10 cases of stroke and heart disease can be prevented by persuading inactive people to become more active
- 20-40% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers
- Activity in later life reduces the risk of dementia by up to 30% and cognitive decline by up to 60%
- Up to 54% reduction in falls from appropriate physical activity
- Inactive people have three times the rate of depression compared to active people