“There is more to health than physical fitness. Mental wellbeing is vital, we all need a reason to leap out of bed in the morning. Preventative healthcare should be the watchword, ensuring we treat ailments before they affect our life.” says Professor Dr. med. Verena Briner of Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence.
There are some easy guidelines to follow that lead to a longer and more importantly healthier life. This is surely the key to happiness.
Studies have shown that 70-year-old men and women who are regularly active have the muscles, heart and lung capacity of people up to 20 years younger. Studies also show that cell ageing can be reduced by as much as 9 years with regular exercise. The telomeres found on chromosomes, which are important for cell damage repair in all organs, shorten with age. The prevention of this shortening, slows the ageing process. Telomeres were actually longer in people performing regular exercise compared to people who did not exercise.
How much exercise?
Be physically active every day, 10,000 steps is a good benchmark. This might equate to three brisk ten-minute walks a day. Take three strong sets of exercise a week, aiming for 150 minutes over the seven days. Work up a sweat with a game of tennis or a dance class. Mix it up so you don’t go stale and continue to challenge yourself, one day high intensity work-out, the next day swimming. Choose to walk when there is an option and keep moving.
Our brain needs exercising just as much as our muscles, otherwise cognitive function diminishes. So, keep challenging your mind with your own brain gym enjoying chess, sudoku or books. Your social network plays a vital part in health too. As we leave jobs we can lose a whole group of friends, so make a point to stay connected. Studies have shown those with meaningful social lives tend to live five years longer. Stress can affect your emotions, thinking ability and physical health. People often smoke when stressed which is life shortening, give it up. Stress can disrupt sleep and good sleep is vital for good mental wellbeing. Managing stress with therapy or meditative exercises will lead to a happier, healthier and longer life.
It goes without saying that diet is a sure way to a longer life. Aim to maintain a normal body weight. Eat a healthy diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Avoid unhealthy saturated fats and excessive alcohol intake. If you are eating the wrong food, you will see your body weight and shape change. This will affect your cardiovascular fitness, possibly lead to diabetes and have other impacts on your health and longevity.
Vitamins and supplements
Nutrition supplements will not lengthen your life unless recommend following good health analytics that identify any deficiencies. It might be iodine is required, often low in our food source. Vitamin D production is reduced in winter with lack of sunlight, and in the summer due to high levels of sun protection. And women can lack iron.
The real key to a longer healthier life is to identify potential medical issues early and minimise their impact. Within a first-class check-up the team will monitor blood pressure, osteoporosis, cholesterol and blood sugar. You should see a dentist regularly at least once a year as poor oral health can increase risk of heart disease and stroke.
Check in for a check-up
Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence offers comprehensive Check-up Programmes. Your dedicated medical team will monitor heart, metabolism, pulmonary and muscular function, dermatology and dentistry. With lab reports and diagnostics, they will make medical and lifestyle recommendations. The first step to longevity begins at this naturally beautiful health hotel set amidst revitalising Alpine countryside.