by Jeff Paterson
Director of Communication and Advancement
Health Association of Niagara County Inc.
Americans over age 65 are five times more likely to be physically inactive than those between the ages of 18 and 24. Many older adults say they don't exercise because they don't have the strength and stamina for it. But this is a vicious cycle. The lack of physical activity actually causes older adults to lose even more of their strength and stamina.
Older adults stand to benefit a great deal from exercising. The Mayo Clinic has listed a number of health benefits of aerobic exercise, including longer life, lower risk of chronic disease, a stronger cardiovascular system, more resistance to viruses, better moods, more endurance, and better weight management.
Walking is perhaps the most popular form of exercise among older adults. It's also the easiest and least expensive way to get started on a path toward better fitness. Here are some common tips that fitness experts offer:
I've just started a walking regimen myself, and I know it's not easy to get in the habit. But the health benefits make it all worthwhile!Information is available at 285-8224 or www.hanci.com.