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Healthy Aging Awareness

September is Healthy Aging month! Physical activity is essential for healthy aging. According to the Centers of Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), as an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.  

The CDC recommends older adults do something active for approximately 2 hours each week. Level of activity can vary from a brisk walk, muscle strengthening, or aerobic activities. Aerobic activity or "cardio" gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. Activities can be pushing a lawn mower, taking a dance class, or even biking to the store, as long as you're doing them at a moderate or vigorous pace for at least 10 minutes at a time. Even something as simple as walking is a great way to get the aerobic activity you need, as long as it's at a moderately intense pace. There are many ways you can strengthen your muscles, whether it's at home or the gym. The activities you choose should work all the major muscle groups of your body (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms). You may want to try:

  • Lifting weights such as , dumbbells, medicine balls and weight bars  
  • Working with resistance bands  
  • Doing exercises that use your body weight for resistance (push ups, sit ups)  
  • Heavy gardening (digging, shoveling)  
  • Yoga  
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    You can spread your activity out during the week, so you don't have to do it all at once. You can even break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. It's about what works best for you, as long as you're doing physical activity at a moderate or vigorous pace for at least 10 minutes at a time.  

    In addition to staying active with exercise, there are additional elements to healthy aging. Older adults may also want to follow these tips to healthy aging:  

  • Stay social- Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.  
  • Bulk up-Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health. There are also fiber supplements that can be taken to help with fiber intake.  
  • Add some spice-Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.  
  • Stay balanced -Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls. Simply Medical offers a vast selection of balance equipment to help older adults with their balance.  
  • Take a hike or walk- Brisk daily walks this September can bolster both your heart and lungs.  
  • Sleep well-Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night. There are also sleep aids sleep aids you can take.  
  • Beat the blues-If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.  
  • Don’t forget-To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.  
  • Don’t forget Vitamins! Vitamins can help the body with essential nutrients the body needs for better health.  
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    For more information on Healthy Aging, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

     

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html 

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