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Insights on Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Choices with Teresa Lou Ambrose
Join us as we dive into the captivating world of physical therapy and its significant impact on healthy aging.
Our guest, Teresa Lou Ambrose, a trained physical therapist and professor at the University of British Columbia, walks us through her academic journey and the critical importance of supporting our growing elderly population.
The conversation expands to highlight the significance of physical exercise, particularly for older adults at risk of falls. Teresa underscores the value of safe exercises under professional guidance to help maintain cognitive abilities as we age. This discussion is not just about cardio or strength training but delves into the importance of a balanced regime, including aspects of diet and sleep hygiene, all crucial for overall longevity and wellbeing.
A common myth about aging is that it is an inevitable decline. However, Teresa emphasizes that we can modify our aging trajectory through consistent, positive lifestyle behaviours. Much like saving for retirement, the sooner we start, the greater benefits we'll reap. The key is not to focus solely on short-term goals, but to look at long-term benefits for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
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One of the fascinating topics covered in this episode is cognitive aging. Some people retain their cognitive abilities as they age, and this is not by chance. Teresa explains that cognitive health can be significantly influenced by physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Teresa elaborates on the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight, regular physical activity, balanced diet, and adequate sleep to reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, poor lipid profiles, or type 2 diabetes. These conditions increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, making prevention a critical aspect of healthcare.
We also explore sleep hygiene. Despite its often overlooked importance, a good night's sleep is crucial for brain health. The brain clears itself of waste products accumulated during the day while we sleep, making it an essential part of maintaining cognitive health.
The conversation with Teresa Lou Ambrose is not just an exchange of information but a call to action for all of us to be more proactive in our personal healthcare. It’s a compelling discussion that paves the way for a healthier and more conscious lifestyle as we age.