Physical Exercise or Activity and Healthy Ageing
This paper looked into the issue of physical activity as aiding healthy ageing. Ageing is an imperative word for everybody that implies that no one can run away from ageing, thus, everybody should be prepared for it as soon as possible by minimizing sedentary living for an active one to make one’s old age interesting and independent. Most of the diseases of the ageing population could be averted or minimized with regular physical activity or exercise (Physical activity is used synonymously with exercise in this paper). Ageing can be related to life changing situations like retirement and change of environment which can breed loneliness and lonesomeness thus, the need for providing enabling environment for adults to engage in physical activity/exercise to help them mix properly, share their ideas and mitigate loneliness. The paper expressed the fact that healthy aging brings joy to older adults who are the repertoire of knowledge and wisdom in every society. The authors reviewed training for physical activity/exercise and necessary precautions towards exercise by the elderly. The paper recommended among others that every individual should be involved in daily physical activity in order to stay healthy, the government at all levels in Nigeria and all over the world must make policies that would aid healthy ageing and individuals must learn to practice healthy behavior by way of eating balanced diet.
Keywords: physical activity/exercise, ageing, healthy ageing, diseases, older adults, training.