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Staying Active

Staying Active


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


                Research has shown that exercise and physical activity can help people stay healthy and independent, and prevent some of the chronic conditions associated with aging. Despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for people of all ages, adults in the U.S. tend to become less active as they age.


                Whatever your motivations for staying active may be, figuring out what to do and where to start can be challenging, especially if you are inactive. The North Dakota State University Extension Service has several resources on its Aging Well website (www.ag.ndsu.edu/aging) to help you stay healthy in the second half of your life.


                Another useful website to visit is Go4Life (www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life), a national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50 and older from the National Institute on Aging. It’s part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


                The goal of Go4Life is to encourage adults to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their everyday lives. The core of the program is an interactive website, which offers exercises, success stories and free materials to motivate the growing numbers of baby boomers and their parents to get ready, start exercising and keep going to improve their health and achieve a better quality of life.


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