Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 5

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Health
We are not limited by old age, we are liberated by it.
~ Stu Mittleman
Exercise does a body good at any age. According to
the 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.
Exercise can be a challenge for some seniors with
chronic disease, 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.
For seniors to maintain optimal health, there are four
basic types of exercise to stay in shape according to the
National Institute on Aging. 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 for five days
per week.
If you haven’t worked out in a while or have mobility
issues, these home exercises are a good start.
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