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Just Keep Moving!

A couple senior asian talking while walking and exercising at a park

A couple senior asian talking while walking and exercising at a park

With age, there are tendencies to decrease activity levels. This can lead to poorer qualities of life during the golden years. Maintaining an active lifestyle has been proven to lead to better health outcomes.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports “only 1 in 4 adults over the age of 50 engage in a regular exercise routine.” Simple walking regimens to preserve cardiovascular fitness along with light weight routines to helps maintain bone density and skeletal muscle can aid with reducing the risks associated with chronic diseases.

Set a goal and start slowly. Build up to walking 30 minutes a day 5 a week. Add light weight training twice a week utilizing a simple routine. Check with your physician to ensure there are no restrictions.

Equipment required, comfortable shoes for walking and weights can be canned goods from your pantry or hand weights and/or resistance bands from a local retailer.

Staying active as you age is a winning plan for a greater quality of life in the golden years. Just keep moving!

Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/fycs/2016/09/29/just-keep-moving/