NO Excuses!

by Lois Etienne on July 13, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Seniors are not off the hook because of their age when it comes to exercise, according to government guidelines. Adults including seniors need two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity, which will return substantial health benefits, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The recommendation for adults of all ages and physical conditions also offers an alternative to the moderate activity – an hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity.

 The report says, “Older adults should follow the guidelines for other adults when it is within their physical capacity. If a chronic condition prohibits their ability to follow those guidelines, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.” It also notes that if older people are at risk of falling, they should also do exercises that maintain or improve balance.

Recommended for adults are aerobic activity, such as walking briskly, water aerobics, ballroom dancing, jogging, that should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes. Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities, such as weight training, push-ups, sit-ups and gardening, at least two days a week. The guidelines are designed so people can easily fit physical activity into their daily plan and incorporate activities they enjoy. They should talk with your doctor about other ways to stay healthy including diet and medications.

So, encourage your loved ones to stay active. Everything is more fun with other people so suggest taking a walk or going with them to the YMCA to join water aerobics or maybe find the “Sit and Fit” exercise program on TV. Whatever you suggest and whatever they can do, make it fun!

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