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Physical Activity Links for Seniors
Written by June 29, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
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Physical Activity Links for Seniors

For more than a year, the Stand Up & Eat blog has kept you in step with the latest research findings on the health benefits of reducing sedentary living and being physically active.   We have also pointed you to new guidelines that are hot of the press.  In the coming weeks, we will do a round-up of useful resources that will help people of all ages get moving.  This week, we focus on seniors.  Check ‘em out!

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging – is a downloadable book targeted to getting seniors up and moving more.  Packed with personal stories, photos, and sample exercise programs, this practical guide is great for any senior who thinks it is too late to get the health benefits from an active lifestyle.

Growing Stronger – is a comprehensive guide for seniors that gives step-by-step instructions for starting a strength training program.  At the end is a 12-week workbook to help readers keep track of their progress.  

Arthritis Foundation – This not-for-profit organization has numerous physical activity programs.  Yes, research clearly shows that staying active can reduce arthritis pain.  Contact your local Arthritis Foundation chapter to learn which of the following joint-friendly programs it offers:

Exercise for Older Adults – the NIH SeniorHealth page provides a guide for starting a physical activity program for seniors.  The great thing about this site is that there are brief video clips that elaborate on the topics presented.  Also, be sure to check out the “exercise Stories” on this page for many heart-warming stories about how becoming physically active has changed people’s lives.
If you are a senior, know a senior, or are soon to become a senior, give one of these resources a look.  And come back to this blog to let us know what you think.

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