Do we have to rely on government health expenditures for an ageing society or is there something we can do to help?
A recent publication on the BBC news titled “UK Woefully Under-Prepared for Ageing Society, Says Peers” was a feature article relating to our society living longer and the big changes in pensions, health care and employment practices needed to ensure that the elderly sustain a good quality of life.
It seems that no matter what problems occur in the UK the finger is always pointed at the Government and the Lords Committee about what they are expected to do to fund the extended lives of the elderly.
Although it is vitally important to ensure we take great care of pensioners, is there not something we can do from a younger age to ensure our health and fitness is at a high, meaning less health complications and dependability on funding when we grow older?
The answer is yes as it is a known fact that eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day will help to prevent illnesses such as issues with joints, diabetes and more.
According to National Statistics there has been a 50% rise in the number of over 65s and a doubling in over 85s between 2012 and 2030. This has led to a need for more funding for NHS care and private health sectors to cater to the over populated ageing society. With ‘a number of people living with long-term medical conditions set to rise sharply’ according to the BBC, this matter is a cause for concern.
Without putting too much of a negative twist towards the ever growing ageing society there will be elderly people out there who have spent their entire life taking great care of their health and fitness and have happened to fall prey with health issues. The main point is that the more the younger generation are educated on the benefits of eating and drinking healthily and exercising regularly then the better they will age health wise and will reduce the risk of health issues.
A man to look at for great health and fitness inspiration is Fauja Singh, who was featured in the media in 2011 for complete a marathon at 100 years old. Fauja who is nicknamed “The Turbaned Tornado” started running competitively after the death of his wife 13 years ago and achieved a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for his feats of strength.
Since, Faujas amazing achievements he has sworn to not stop running until he dies and he is a great inspirational icon to look up to and follow in his footsteps health wise. Running is a fantastic sport to get into as it has been proven that people who run more than 35 miles a week are less likely to suffer from age-related vision loss then those who don’t run.
Running is also proven to strengthen bones more than other aerobic activities and according to University of Missouri researchers, runners had a higher bone density in their spine and hips in comparison to those who cycled and those who didn’t exercise at all.
Another interesting fact about running on a regular basis is that if you run at least 2.5 hours a week you are less likely to die prematurely. Overall running has been proven to be the ultimate sport to participate in on a regular basis and if the younger generation were motivated and educated into running regularly they will really see the benefits later on in life as well as earlier on in their life.
To contribute towards an energetic running regime it is also vitally important to take care of what goes into your body and as everyone knows it is important to avoid fatty foods and fizzy drinks as these contribute towards obesity and the clogging of arteries.
Eating healthy foods such as proteins, fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of water is the key to a healthy lifestyle as all these natural nutrients contribute towards a healthy heart allowing us to have more energy to exercise and do other activities.
Many people don’t realise the importance of feeding our bodies with the correct foods and if you already exercise on a regular basis it is important to keep protein levels topped up as this helps to protect muscles, bones and encourages the body to repair and refuel after a heavy work out.
Overall, as long as more people take up a healthier lifestyle sooner rather than later, we have less to worry about when we are older.