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HOME FITNESS ROUTINES FOR SENIORS

HOME FITNESS ROUTINES FOR SENIORS

Health experts  widely agree that people over the age of 60 are more at risk for the COVID-19 virus, and most counsel that population segment to stay home and self-quarantine. That may be great advice, but what can seniors do to maintain their fitness routines if they cannot get to a fitness facility? As it turns out, there are a number of programs designed specifically for this purpose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adults over 65 should maintain a routine of 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. That may sound like a lot, but it is actually only a bit over 20 minutes a day.

Particularly impressive is the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life regimen. This is an exercise program designed for people over 50 who have not been exercising regularly, or for those who are getting back into an exercise routine. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The program’s 20-minute suggested exercise routine includes a warm-up at the beginning and a cool down at the end, and in between there are exercises that include stretches, strength and balance exercises, abdominal exercises, leg exercises and more. Click here to view a video of the entire routine.

The CDC reports that physical activity reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes. The CDC further reports that exercise helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, and may enhance the positive effects of estrogen replacement therapy. And there is more: Exercise reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being. It can also help reduce blood pressure in some women with hypertension.

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