Stay in Motion to Live Longer

The results are in…

Active seniors are outliving their sedentary counterparts. While this news isn’t that surprising to those in the Egoscue world, apparently researchers felt the need to spend four years tracking nearly 900 test subjects. The bottom line is if you think you’re too old to start moving, you might want to reconsider that line of thinking.

Out of 893 people around 80 years old, researchers found that the most active seniors had a lower risk of dying over the four-year study compared to those who moved the least.

To see whether activity levels make a difference in lifespan, researchers led by Dr. Aron Buchman, a professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, measured the daily activity level of local seniors, most in their late 70s and 80s, over 10 days.

The participants wore a small device on their wrists to record how much they were moving throughout the day.

The researchers then followed the group for about four years, during which a quarter of the seniors — 212 — died.

The seniors who were most active had about a 25 percent lower chance of dying compared to those who were least active over the four years, according to results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Motion, yes any type of motion (and for any amount of time), is better than no motion at all. Pete Egoscue’s first book is titled, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion, (emphasis added). With a title like that, don’t you think we at Egoscue believe motion is important?

His follow-up book, Pain Free speaks directly to the importance of motion:

Motion energizes all of our systems, while lack of motion drains them. In place of motion, we use artificial stimulants–nicotine, caffeine, sugar, alcohol–to manage output and outcome: to get up, to get mellow, to find motivation, to go to sleep. The person with the ideal occupation of lifestyle is one who is using motion as an upper, a downer, and a sleeping pill.

As I’ve written before, the more you’re moving, the healthier you are. With research behind it, we now have “numbers” to prove it. A body in motion is a balanced body. It’s a healthy body. And, it’s an alive body. The moral of the story? KEEP MOVING! Your life depends on it.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite activity or type of motion?