Importance Of Active Lifestyle

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According to Rowe and Kahn (1997), “ successful aging include[s] three main components: low probability of disease and disease-related disability, high cognitive and physical functional capacity, and active engagement with life (p.433).” An active lifestyle throughout an individual’s lifetime can be beneficial in the future since it provides a variety of benefits toward physical, social, and cognitive wellbeing. An individual living an inactive/ sedentary lifestyle can increase their risk of disease or illness, and consequently, end up with a decreased quality of life in the future. The objective of this paper is to support the claim that an active lifestyle is essential to successful aging. To support the objective, research studies on the …show more content…
Social wellbeing fits into the third component of successful aging, which is an active engagement with life. Physical and leisure activity can be used as an outlet to social interactions within older persons. Feelings of loneliness can cause negative affects to aging; by contrast, a benefit of social interactions is a sense of belonging, which can give an individual purpose in life and positive life satisfaction. To expand, leisure gives older individuals an opportunity to make new friends through physical activity and to contribute to the community. The article “Leisure and Active Lifestyles: Research Reflections” by Henderson & Bialeschki (2005) puts the focus on the social and environmental determinants that allow for physical activity. It is mentioned in the article that behaviours can be influenced by the surroundings of an individual. “ …[Leisure] recreation promotes social cohesiveness [and] have implications for people working and playing together and encouraging one another to be physically active” Henderson & Bialeschki (p.360). Thus, social interactions in leisure activities can have a positive impact on social wellbeing by motivating to stay active and giving a sense of importance to …show more content…
The research study “The Six Dimensions of Wellness and Cognition in Aging Adults” by Strout & Howard (2012) investigated how the six dimensions of wellness (occupational, social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual) protected the cognitive activity in the aging population. The research was retrieved from Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and MEDLINE. The results from the study concluded that there is interconnectedness between the 6 dimension of wellness. In addition, a high level of wellness in another dimension compensates low wellness in one dimension. For example, the article states that “Physical wellness reflects investing in self-care: regular participation in physical activity, and recognition of the relationship between healthy nutrition and physical body functioning” (Strout & Howard 2012 p.199), and “Social wellness reflects positive person and community relationships built on mutual respect, cooperation, and independence (p.197). To demonstrate the relationship between the dimensions: without physical wellness, the social wellness of the individual will lack since new friendships can develop with physical activity and leisure. Another example could be the lack of occupational wellness due to the lack of intellectual wellness. The relationship between physical wellbeing, social wellbeing,

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