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MOVE: WISER AND STRONGER: FITNESS FOR YOUR GOLDEN YEARS

One of the benefits of growing older is growing wiser. As you mature, you understand what’s really important in life. Things like family and friends. And, because you’re so wise, you know that keeping your body in top form is important.

What’s the best way to keep your body in shape? B​e active. Regular physical activity can help prevent disability or disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis. It can even help you manage your mood and stress levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you’re older than 65, you need to exercise regularly. That means getting at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. It doesn’t have to be all at once either—the CDC recommends being active at least three days a week. The kind of activities that will get your heart rate up and give you the intensity you need include:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Raking the yard
  • Playing tennis

If you really want to keep your body in peak physical form as you age, then your fitness routine should also include strength training. Research has shown that it’s safe and effective for all ages and that people with health concerns stand the most to gain from it. Benefits of strength training include:

  • Arthritis relief
  • Stronger bones
  • Emotional well-being
  • Better sleep

Even with all these benefits, many people decide to “take it easy” as they age. This can actually do more harm than good because a lack of activity has been linked to poorer health and a loss of independence. Want to really enjoy those golden years? Then get up move!

If you’re new to exercising, or you haven’t been physically active in a while, make sure to check with your health care provider before you get started. Exercise can do wonders for you physically and mentally, as long as you do it safely.

For more information on getting fit and staying fit, visit:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseforolderadults/benefitsforeverydaylife/01.html

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/growingstronger/index.html