ACLS Online Library: Staying Active in Your Golden Years

As we age, it is important to stay active and healthy. Our bodies change when we get older, and it is essential that the elderly and aging are able to move about and get the exercise they need to stay healthy. It is imperative that older adults get the proper diet as well as exercise as much as they can. Studies have shown that exercising can improve circulation, strengthen the heart and bones, and help prevent various forms of cancer.

The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

Older adults should get proper exercise and stay moving in order to maintain their physical health. Exercise can help to prevent or delay certain illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Walking, running, swimming, or strength training for at least thirty minutes every day can help older adults keep up their muscle strength. It can also help to ensure they stay independent and can handle daily tasks on their own. Increased energy levels and elevated moods are some other benefits.

  • Age Page – Why exercise is good for older adults, tips for exercising, and much more.

  • Reverse Aging – How proper exercise can help to reverse some of the signs of aging.

  • Older Women and Exercise – This article explains the importance of exercise for older women.

  • Benefits of Exercise – A video guide and information that can show the many benefits of exercising for older adults.

  • For Heart Health – Information about how exercising can improve and maintain proper heart health.

Eating Healthy

 Aside from exercise, a proper diet is essential for a healthy life. This applies to children, middle-aged people, and older adults as well. As the human body ages, the dietary needs may change. High fiber diets are important for older adults, as well as increasing calcium, particularly for women. Diets low in fat and sugar can help to decrease the risk of diabetes or heart disease and keep cholesterol levels low. See a nutritionist or talk to your doctor for some healthy eating guidelines.

Tips to Make Exercising Fun

Many people often complain that they do not exercise because it is boring. The best way to combat this problem is to try and find a buddy to exercise with you. Organize a neighborhood walking group, or just find a friend who might like to take daily walks with you. Join your local senior center or YMCA, and take lessons in swimming or other exercises. A book on tape can also help make your workouts go by much faster, and keep you entertained. If you can afford to, buy in-home exercise equipment, and you can watch television while you work out. Brainstorm and come up with ways to add variety to your daily exercise routine so your workouts remain fresh and exciting.

  • Variety and Fitness – This article discusses how adding variety into your routine can make fitness more fun.

  • Choosing the Right Exercise – Find out more about different types of exercise to see which ones fit your style.

  • What Older Adults Want – This page explains what most older adults are looking for in an exercise program.

  • Walking Club – Some advice for those who want to walk for exercise, and tips for your walking club.

  • Games for Groups – An excellent resource of fun exercise and fitness games that can be played as a group with friends or at your local YMCA or senior center.

At Home Exercises

Exercise does not just have to be done at the gym or in your neighborhood. There are plenty of ways you can stay physically fit, all while staying in your own home. Exercise videos geared towards older adults can be purchased and used on your own home television. Some simple, daily exercises like stretching can be done daily at home whenever you wish. There are plenty of things you can do at home to stay active, and even gardening or doing things around the house can help keep your body moving.

Where to Exercise

There are many different places where older adults can get their exercise. Often, changing your environment can help make things seem less routine and add a bit of excitement to your daily regimen. Public pools are a great place to do water aerobics or swim some laps. Your local park is a great place to take a nice walk with friends. Many localities have fitness classes designed especially for older adults, so look into these as well. No matter where you choose to exercise, it's important that you try to do this at least three times per week for about a half hour each time. Write down a few creative places where you think exercise would be beneficial.

Staying active and eating right can help people live longer, healthier lives. By exercising with a friend or attending a fitness class, many older adults find it's much easier to stick to a plan. Simple exercises that can be performed at home, which will help keep muscles and bones strong. Older adults should remember the importance of exercise, and make sure it becomes a part of their routine.

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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
Iowa 79.68 years 5th
Kansas Kansas City 78.41 years 26th
Nebraska Omaha 79.18 years 16th
North Dakota 80.10 years 12th
Minnesota Minneapolis 80.85 years 6th
Missouri 77.44 years 33rd
South Dakota 79.85 years 23rd
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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
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Indiana Indianapolis 77.71 years 38th
Michigan Detroit 77.89 years 30th
Ohio Cleveland Columbus 77.52 years 36th
Wisconsin Milwaukee 79.32 years 13th
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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
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New York New York City 80.36 years 18th
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 78.16 years 26th
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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
Connecticut 80.18 years 21st
Maine 78.68 years 8th
Massachusetts Boston 80.10 years 5th
New Hampshire 79.90 years 2nd
Rhode Island 79.26 years 10th
Vermont 79.70 years 1st
West South Central Region
State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
Arkansas 76.09 years 47th
Louisiana New Orleans 75.39 years 49th
Oklahoma Tulsa Oklahoma City 75.60 years 3rd
Texas Houston Dallas El Paso San Antonio Arlington Austin Fort Worth 78.27 years 6th
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State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
Alabama 75.18 years 47th
Kentucky Louisville 76.19 years 43rd
Mississippi 74.81 years 50th
Tennessee Nashville Memphis 76.2 years 39th
South Atlantic Region
State Major Cities Average Life Expectancy National Health Ranking PMT Courses Accepted
Delaware 78.38 years 30th
Florida Miami Jacksonville 79.70 years 33rd
Georgia Atlanta 77.09 years 31st
Maryland Baltimore 78.09 years 22nd
North Carolina Charlotte 77.19 years 32nd
South Carolina 76.57 years 45th
Virginia Virginia Beach 78.53 years 20th
West Virgina 75.16 years 9th

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