Today is the 22nd annual event of National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This event is the nation's largest health promotion event for older adults. The theme for this year's event is "If You Keep Moving...You'll Keep Improving!"
More than 100,000 older adults today will participate at more than 100,000 locations in the U.S. to celebrate. The common goal for today is this: to help keep older Americans fit and healthy.
National Senior Health and Fitness Day is organized as a public-private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market. "Our goals for Senior Day are to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities," says Patricia Henze, NSHFD program manager.
You probably already know that exercise is beneficial for all people, but it is especially important for seniors to engage in exercise.
"Many characteristics we associate with older age - like the inability to walk long distances, climb stairs, or carry groceries, are largely due to a lack of physical activity," explains Dr. John Montgomery.
"Some are worried that exercise will cause illness or injury," says Dr. Montgomery,"Others think exercise means they have to do something strenuous, which they may not be capable of. What they may not realize is that it could be more of a risk not to exercise."
Even moderate exercise can help seniors to:
- Increase mental capacity
- Prevent disease
- Improve healing
- Improve quality of life
- Increase balance
- Increase life expectancy
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