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Stay Active All Year Round

In this part of the country, staying active is easier during the summer months, when we can be outdoors and engage in enjoyable activities such as golfing, gardening and walking.

However, as fall approaches, consider ways to continue or increase your physical activity and exercise.

One useful site to visit is Go4Life, a national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50 and older from the National Institute on Aging.

September is Go4Life Month. Older adults are encouraged to work out a bit harder, try a new activity and do all 4 types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.

 Check out of the Go4Life Month Toolkit (https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/go4life-month-toolkit) to get inspired to move more. Each week will be devoted to one type of exercise and provide suggestions for encouraging people to build on their current level of activities. For example:

  • Week one: Endurance - Try adding 500 steps per day or five minutes on a treadmill.
  • Week two: Strength - Try lifting weights while watching TV or adding eight more repetitions to your routine.
  • Week three: Balance - Sign up for a tai chi class or learn how good balance can help prevent falls.
  • Week four: Flexibility - Hold your current stretches a minute longer or add a yoga class to your schedule.

Consider motivating others to join you in Go4Life Month activities.

NDSU Extension also has resources on its Aging Well website to help you stay healthy. You can contact your local county office of the Extension Service for more information as well.

Source: Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension Gerontology Specialist, 701-231-5948 Jane.strommen@ndsu.edu

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