Seachange
Emerald Lakes

9 Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

15 Jun, 2015

At Seachange Emerald Lakes, we feel that we are providing one of the best active adult retirement resorts in the world. We have a world class, 5-Star country club and facilities that promote an active, social lifestyle. In addition, we are less than twenty minutes away from every imaginable activity, from golf to the beaches.

Our core principles are friendship, fun and fitness. Not only is Seachange Emerald Lakes a great place to live, the lifestyle we enable for our residents carries a host of health benefits. Even those who just choose to walk the surrounding 13km of walking paths are going to be healthier and happier.

Here are nine benefits of having an active lifestyle. While we offer numerous opportunities for more strenuous exercise, all of these benefits can be gained by simply walking for thirty minutes a day.

Stronger Heart

Exercise lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. It makes your “bad cholesterol” or LDL levels lower while raising your “good cholesterol” or HDL. It also lowers your blood pressure. Walking for 30 minutes a day can lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes by as much as 27%.

Lower Risk of Disease

Those who exercise are statistically less likely to sustain asthma, diabetes and many forms of cancer. According to the British Medical Journal and the charity “Walking for Health,” walking can lower the risk of diabetes by as much as 60%.

Less Weight Gain

Exercise burns calories, increases metabolism and improves muscle tone. To have stable body weight, it is important to burn at least as many calories as you eat each day. Burning 600 more calories than you eat each day will result in noticeable weight loss.

Helps Prevent Dementia

Anecdotal and observational studies indicate that those who exercise can be up to 40% less likely to have dementia. Those who are active usually score better on brain function tests. According to Age UK, exercise may prevent brain shrinkage, which may be a very important factor in keeping one’s memories intact.

Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

Weight bearing exercise helps prevent osteoporosis by helping the bones retain minerals such as calcium. This is an application of “Wolff’s Law,” which states that bone adapts to the loads placed on it. More exercise produces stronger bones.

Body Toning

Exercise tones your body. This not only feels healthy but looks much better, too. A toned body is also at less risk of injury from falls or accidents.

Boosts Vitamin D Levels

Appropriate Vitamin D levels are crucial for health. Any outdoor exercise boosts your Vitamin D levels because you are in the sun. While we recommend sunblock, we also recommend getting outdoors for at least a half hour a day.

More Energy

Sayings such as “use it or lose it” or “you get what you give” have been proven to apply to your energy level. The more you exercise, the more energy you have. Having more energy makes you feel more alive from the minute you awake in the morning until you go to bed at night.

Mood Elevator

Exercise makes us happier. Exercise can increase levels of endorphins and serotonin. Many psychologists and doctors believe that exercise is one of nature’s best antidepressants. We concur. A charity called “Mind” did a survey in which 83% of the respondents said they use exercise to help elevate their mood.

The Seachange Emerald Lakes Lifestyle

At Seachange Emerald Lakes, you will be surrounded by great facilities and kindred spirits. Whether you like to walk, play tennis, work out, play golf or go to the beach, you can find what you need to be active into your later years on your own terms.

Active over 50’s are happier and healthier than those with sedentary lifestyles. When you are in a community where it is so easy to make friends, it is a lot easier to stay active. You will have so much fun at Seachange Emerald Lakes that fitness can seemingly happen on “autopilot.”

To learn more, call 1800 559 669 today.