Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland Spring/Summer 2016 - page 5

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Health
We are not limited by old age, we are liberated by it.
~ Stu Mittleman
Exercise…it does a body good at any age. According
to U.S. Census Data, there are more Americans age
65 and older living now than ever before. Among
the senior population statistics in the United States,
Pennsylvania ranks among the top five.
As people are living longer due to advances in
medicine and health education, many older Americans
have found their inner youth through exercise.
However, you don’t have to be a stellar athlete to stay
fit. Always check with your doctor before beginning
any exercise program. Based on your health status,
you may need to modify your workouts.
For some seniors with a chronic disease, exercise
can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you should
shy away from it. Many hospital programs offer
exercise classes designed for seniors with diabetes
and heart disease. These tailored exercises can help
keep blood sugar levels in check and improve overall
cardiovascular fitness.
According to the National Institute on Aging, for
seniors to maintain optimal health, there are four
basic types of exercises to stay in shape. These
include stretching, endurance, balance and resistance
training. These activities will improve balance, and in
turn, reduce falls. Studies show cognitive skills and
mood also improve with regular exercise, at least 30
minutes, five days per week.
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