Healthy Ageing – Adding Years to Life and Life to Years.

Death is inevitable, but the life of protracted ill-health is not.

Introduction

The world is undergoing a huge age shift. In this day and age, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. According to the data from the World Population Ageing 2017 (Highlights) and the World Population Ageing 2019 (Highlights) of the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of people aged 60 years and older will increase from 1 billion in 2019 to 1.4 billion by 2030, an increase of 34%; by 2050, the global population of older people will have more than doubled, to 2.1 billion. The number of people above age 80 years is growing even faster than the number above age 65. In 1990, there were just 54 million people aged 80 or over in the world, a number that nearly tripled to 143 million in 2019. Globally, the number of persons aged 80 or over is projected to nearly triple again to 426 million in 2050 and to increase further to 881 million in 2100. The global number of centenarians is projected to increase 10-fold between 2010 and 2050. This shift in the distribution of the population towards older age is known as population ageing.

An elderly couple playing volleyball against the sky. It depicts importance of healthy ageing.
Elderly couple playing volleyball against the sky
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Aerobic Exercise Prescription for Optimum Health Benefits

Introduction

In my post, Health Benefits of Exercise: a grossly underutilised therapy, I have discussed the various health benefits associated with physical activity, as a result of which exercise is now aptly being recognised as ‘medicine’. However, to derive optimal health benefits from exercise, an exercise program needs to follow certain parameters, similar to drug prescription, such as frequency, dose (amount), time (duration) and type (of physical activity). In my post Exercise Prescription for Optimal Health Benefits, I have discussed the FITT-VP principles for exercise prescription. In this post, I shall be discussing ‘prescription for aerobic exercise’ based on the FITT-VP principles. Prescription for strength training as per FITT-VP factors will be discussed in the next post. Aerobic exercise is referred to in the literature, both scientific and lay, by various terms. In the scientific literature, it is referred to as cardiorespiratory endurance or aerobic endurance, while colloquially it is referred to as aerobic exercise or just aerobic, or cardio, or cardio exercises, or cardio workout. In this post, these terms will be used interchangeably.

People engaging in aerobic activities.
People engaging in various aerobic activities.
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In the Rapid Commercialization of the Wellness Industry, are we Losing its Essence?

Wellness sells, and people are buying. But are they choosing ‘fleeting fancy’ over ‘lasting change’?

Introduction

Wellness is today a buzzword in the health industry. Wellness sells, and people are buying. The wellness industry is growing at a frenetic pace. This can be gauged from the data released by the Global Wellness Institute. The global wellness market grew 10.6 per cent to $3.72 trillion from 2013 to 2015, even as the global economy shrank 3.6 per cent during the same period.

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