Keys to Living Healthier

by Loretta Baxter, R.N., Administrator

One of the important keys to living longer and feeling healthy is exercise and better yet walking according to Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana.  It benefits your brain, heart, skin, mood and metabolism.  Even as little as 10 minutes of brisk walking can help.  That is what it takes to burn off the calories of one chocolate chip cookie.  Once you can do 10 minutes, put it to 15 minutes then 20.  Just start slow but start. *  At St. Monica’s, the Life Engagement team has walking partners that go out when the weather is nice, just check the schedule or ask Shannon Perez, Life Engagement Coordinator when the next walking session will occur.   Another way to exercise is to join our exercise groups that are daily at 9:30 in the lower level Atrium.  Our exercise facilitators are certified in teaching exercise to seniors and are very passionate about helping all of us move more, with greater flexibility, less pain and greater stability.  Another key benefit is that exercise reduces the incidents of falls, which is a wonderful benefit. *(“Live Longer!  50 Proven Ways to add Years to Your Life.” AARP Bulletin. March 2017. Vol. 58.