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National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
 

Today is the 23rd Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day!!


Today over 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S., as we celebrate the 23rd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. This event is always the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults. 
There are so many things seniors can do to stay active! You do not have to run a marathon or climb Mount Everest to stay fit (in fact, we do not recommend attempting Everest) you can do something as simple as chair yoga to keep your muscles and bones active. 
Best Exercises for Senior Health

To stay fit in your senior years, focus on these three types of exercises:

Flexibility exercises. The simplest exercises are stretching and flexing, and they tend to become more important as people get older. The older we get to more we tend to have range of motion problems in our joints. These exercises maintain the ability to get around and enjoy your life. Practices such as yoga or Pilates can improve flexibility; many gyms also offer stretching exercise programs designed for seniors. Try to stretch every single day. If you have problems with balance, be sure to do your stretching while sitting or lying down.

Strength exercises.  Strong muscles are very important to daily living, whether you are getting out of a chair, or carrying groceries. Strength training can reduce the rate at which your bones become weaker. If you have a little more muscle around the bone and you fall, it could help prevent a fracture. Try to perform strength exercises on all of your major muscle groups at least twice a week for 30-minute sessions, but do not exercise the same sets of muscles on back-to-back days. Start with lighter weights, and then move up as you gain in strength. In addition, be sure to pay attention to your form to avoid injury. Especially when starting out, have an instructor spot you. Always make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. 

Aerobic exercises. Getting your heart rate up can benefit your entire body and make it easier for you to walk or perform just about any everyday activity. Depending upon your abilities, you should try to perform at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise nearly every day of the week. The main concern would be if individuals have problems with balance they might want to switch to a treadmill versus walking outside." This modification can make the exercise safer.
Getting older should not mean surrendering to a sedentary lifestyle. Staying fit should remain a part of your daily routine.


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