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Fit at 50 and Beyond

Fit at 50 and Beyond  8/25/17It is common to hear, “summer is pretty much over,” as soon as we pass the Fourth of July each year.  I prefer to think, “Not so!”

However, as we approach a change in the seasons, perhaps it would be wise to consider ways to continue or increase our physical activity and exercise through the coming fall and winter months.

Research has shown two things for sure about exercise and physical activity:
  -  it can help people stay healthy and independent,
  -  it can help 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.  CDC recently reported that 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of physical activity and exercise to experience the health and wellness benefits that are associated with it.

A couple of websites to check into for resources to help us stay healthy in the second half of life are:
    -  NDSU Aging Well (www.ag.ndsu.edu/aging)
    -  Go4Life (www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life)

Go4Life is a national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50 and older.  It is from the National Institute on Aging. Go4Life has an interactive website that offers exercises, success stories, videos, and other free materials to motivate the growing numbers of baby boomers and their parents to achieve a better quality of life through exercise and improved health

During September, the Go4Life website will focus on different form of exercise each week:
    -  Endurance
    -  Strength
    -  Balance
    -  Flexibility

Let’s get going, and let’s encourage others to do the same!

Adapted from:  “Stay Active All Year Round,” by Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension gerontology specialist.

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/push-ups-exercise-fitness-workout-888024/ (downloaded 8/29/17)


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