February 2015 - Aging Partners
Staying Active Is Important
for Kids and Seniors
Whether you are a senior or a kid, there’s no better way to prevent chronic diseases than by exercising regularly. A growing body of research overwhelmingly proves that regular physical activity and strength training, whether at a gym like the Aging Partners Health & Fitness Center or at home, helps older adults age well and remain independent longer.
Despite this, most older adults do not exercise. In fact, of the 39 million people 65 and older, only 22 percent report engaging in regular physical activity. The average time older adults spend in physical activity each day is 17 minutes, yet the average time spent watching TV daily is 4.3 hours.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the benefits of exercise include:
- The ability to live independently and reduce the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
- A reduction in risk of dying from coronary heart disease and developing high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.
- A reduction in blood pressure for those with hypertension.
- Improved stamina and muscle strength, especially for those with chronic disabling conditions.
- A reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Improved mood and feelings of well-being.
Kids, too, receive the benefits of regular exercise with improved concentration allowing them to learn better. Regular exercise is also their best defense against chronic obesity- related disease. Grandparents can not only improve their own health with regular exercise, but the health of grandchildren in their care by exercising together.
Learn more about senior fitness opportunities at: http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/aging/index.htm