Staying Active is Key to Longevity
Staying active is key to longevity as a patient of mine who is in his early 60s came in for treatment had recently been in an accident. Thanks to the fact he keeps in great shape, practices and teaches karate and is fit and strong, the accident has only had minimal impact on his life. He was in pain, he did suffer injuries, but thanks to his physical condition, he was able to minimize the impact it had on his life.
In fact, he’d been in many scrapes throughout his life, motor cycle accidents, added to the fact he teaches and practices karate, his body has endured a lot. But the fact he is in such good shape, has stayed active, and has strong muscle tone has allowed him to get through these injuries much quicker and stronger than someone who isn’t in such good shape or as active.
My own father is 79 and still practices judo and is in excellent active shape. Myself, I am 47, practice judo, and workout regularly, and although I have neck and back herniations the fact I am staying active has helped keep the pain at bay and has helped my condition rather than hindered it. If I stopped being active, I would surely see my herniations degenerate faster and experience more pain.
As we get older, our condition does slowly degenerate, our spine and discs begin to herniate, dysfunction and we experience pain. In a non active person, that condition would tend to get worse quicker because muscle tone isn’t there to support the joints, range of motion becomes less because the body isn’t being stretched, and slowly flexibility reduces to a state where we need help.
But staying active helps prolong those conditions, and thus forms a strong key to longevity.
I see it all the time with patients, and those who are fit and strong tend to recover from injuries quicker than those who aren’t so active. And maybe it’s common sense and obvious, but sometimes we all need a good reminder of that fact.