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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can stick to your exercise routine when you’re on the road.

It may be easier to be active when you’re on vacation, but even on a business trip, it’s possible to squeeze in 30 minutes of physical activity some time during the day.

With a little planning, it can be easy to stay fit when you travel:

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Living in a city offers many exciting activities—shopping, dining, work, and entertainment—just a short walk away. Walking also is great exercise, although it can be more challenging on busy streets.

Whether you’re walking for transportation or fitness, it’s important to be careful in urban areas. Serious pedestrian accidents occur more often in urban than in rural areas.

Take the time to cross safely

Go4Life has safety tips for enjoying a walk in the city:

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Brisk walking is great exercise, and like other endurance exercises, it can increase your heart rate and breathing. Endurance exercises keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you do the tasks you need to do every day.

Man and woman walking together outside.

For some, walking for the recommended 30 minutes a day might be difficult. If so, here are some tips to progress your activity:

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Vacation? Flu? Out-of-town guests? Many things can interrupt your physical activity routine, but you can start again and be successful. Here are a few ideas to help.

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  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just try to get back to your activities as soon as possible.
  • Think about the reasons you started exercising and how much you’ve already accomplished.
  • Start again at a comfortable level, and gradually build back up.
  • Try an activity you’ve never done before.
  • Believe in yourself!

Sometimes the reason you stop exercising is temporary, and at other times it’s permanent. Here are some ways to manage these breaks.

...continue reading "Go4Life: Starting to Exercise Again after a Break from the National Institute on Aging"

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Abstract

There is evidence from high quality studies to strongly support the positive association between increased levels of physical activity, exercise participation and improved health in older adults.

Worldwide, around 3.2 million deaths per year are being attributed to inactivity. In industrialised countries where people are living longer lives, the levels of chronic health conditions are increasing and the levels of physical activity are declining. Key factors in improving health are exercising at a moderate-to-vigorous level for at least 5 days per week and including both aerobic and strengthening exercises.

Few older adults achieve the level of physical activity or exercise that accompanies health improvements. A challenge for health professionals is to increase physical activity and exercise participation in older adults.

Some success in this has been reported when physicians have given specific, detailed and localised information to their patients, but more high quality research is needed to continue to address this issue of non-participation in physical activity and exercise of a high enough level to ensure health benefits.

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Physical Activity is Essential to Healthy Aging

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.

Not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition. Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions you can follow the guidelines listed below.

For Important Health Benefits Older adults need at least:

...continue reading "How much physical activity do older adults need? CDC Guidelines"

Regular exercise is important to keep you moving and independent. Exercise helps lessen pain, increase movement, reduce fatigue and helps you feel better.

Range of Motion Exercises, Strengthening Exercises, Endurance Exercises

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Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to teach adults with arthritis how to exercise safely.

Program Benefits

Trained instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion exercises, endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs and abilities. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Improved functional ability
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased confidence in one's ability to exercise

REGISTER FOR THIS LIVING WELL PROGRAM

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Enhance Fitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age.

Program Benefits

Led by a certified instructor, classes are held three times a week in community settings and are a great workout. Each class may include up to 25 participants and participants may either be amongst peers of their own level of fitness or a group of various fitness levels from the frail to the more fit older adult. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Increased strength
  • Greater activity levels
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved social function

REGISTER FOR THIS LIVING WELL PROGRAM

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