To the editor:
A Time magazine article in the issue of Sept. 12 addressed the value of exercise, which should be of importance to all of us. It states that “if there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed.”
It’s a known fact that the consequences of sedentary life can be dire. Lack of physical activity poses risk for cancer, heart disease, eye health issues, Alzheimer’s disease, and other early death causes. Inactivity can even worsen conditions such as depression, anxiety, lower back pain, and arthritis.
So I would encourage seniors, as winter days approach, to exercise within their limitations at least one half-hour each day. What are the benefits? “Slower aging, better mood, less chronic pain, stronger vision, and the list goes on.” Exercise is good medicine!
Oberlin and surrounding communities are blessed with excellent exercise facilities such as the Splash Zone, and reasonably priced too. Check with them to see what you can do to benefit your needs for better, continued health.
Roy U. Ebihara