Today’s Reading List: Getting active in middle-age is possible – and important

Dr. Paul Oh works in cardiac care and decided to start practicing what he preaches. Nearing his 50th birthday, Dr. Oh has been training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon.

As adults enter middle-age (anywhere between 40 and 60), heart health becomes increasingly important. Dr. Oh shared tips to stay active in middle-age with The Globe and Mail.

Save for your health the way you save for your retirement

Investing now in healthy behaviours will serve you well into your later years in terms of being fit, free of heart disease and diabetes, keeping blood pressure under control, and bolstering mental awareness.

Make structured exercise a part of your daily routine.

Routine is important, both mentally and physically. For the upcoming half-marathon, I’ve completed two10-km races and I run three times a week, anywhere from 7 to 8 km on weekdays to 10 to 15 km on weekends. Like any rigorous training, I know to expect a relapse, but mental perseverance now will see me through to the finish line.

Making a public declaration is important to sticking to a goal.

Setting yourself a personal goal, and making others aware, will ensure both accountability and responsibility to your family and friends. Employing the use of social media and smartphone apps so that your progress can be tracked in achieving your target is also useful.

Visit The Globe and Mail for more tips on active living in those crucial years of life. And if you’re in Toronto this Sunday, come out and cheer for the runners in the half and full marathon. It might just motivate you to throw on a pair of running shoes.

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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