Tai chi exercises and other physical activities combined with moderate drinking can optimize health
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Focusing on your health at any age is important, but it may become crucial as you grow older. Fighting against illness and debilitation may mean consuming a nutritious diet and engaging in plenty of physical activity, whether you prefer to run, swim or perform tai chi exercises. Indeed, the gentle poses and stretches of this holistic Eastern regimen can be more suitable for those who are getting on in years than more rigorous workouts. In addition to adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors such as engaging in energy healing therapy, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can help aging Americans stay healthy, according to a popular article currently trending on CNN.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed a total of 14,000 Caucasian women beginning in 1976. The team collected data on alcohol consumption and found that compared to people who didn't drink at all, ladies in their late 50s who consumed anywhere from three to 15 alcoholic beverages a week were 28 percent less likely to develop chronic illnesses or disabilities. Alcohol intake also appeared to reduce these individuals' chances of experiencing mental health problems or cognitive decline later in life.
According to lead author Qi Sun, these findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that alcohol may be a valuable addition to other healthy lifestyle behaviors. It is more commonly known that eating a good diet helps improve well-being, as does engaging in physical activities such as tai chi.
In fact, the researchers stressed that exercising is considered much more vital for good health than moderate alcohol consumption.
"If you are physically active, if you have a healthy body weight at midlife, you can have much better odds of achieving successful aging," Sun told CNN. "You don't have to use moderate alcohol consumption as a way to help achieve healthy aging."