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Mind & Body

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Mind & Body

Each decade poses distinct challenges, which is why we turned to the experts for a road map to better health. From your 20s to your 80s, we supply you with one healthy habit per decade. Live large with this handy-guide to your well-being.
by Mike Fisher

Healthy Habit for Your 70s:
Fight Fatigue

Fatigue can affect people at any age, but for different reasons. Factors can include stress, disease, excessive workload and poor sleep.

  • Aging can bring a double whammy. On the one hand, aging can make it harder to fight fatigue when doing physical activity, particularly dynamic and intense exercises. On the other hand, the prevalence of sleep disorders increases.
  • Prolonged, low-intensity exercise in the late afternoon actually improves sleep quality and quantity.
  • Naps, particularly long naps, are not recommended, since they can affect sleep the following night.
  • People experiencing fatigue must progressively increase the amount of daily physical activity. In addition to the beneficial effects on sleep, regular exercise improves fitness levels, reduces anxiety and, overall, decreases one’s feeling of fatigue.

Guillaume Millet, professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, whose research includes studying fatigue in athletic and clinical populations.