Keeping Seniors Active

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Keeping Seniors ActivePhysical Activity is an integral part of keeping our bodies in tip-top shape, along with a nutritionally-balanced diet. This is especially important for our growing aging populations. Senior citizens should strive for activity based on their strengths and limits. According to our friends at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, seniors should look towards working with their doctors to find appropriate limits when living with chronic illness like heart disease or diabetes. Older adults should look towards 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening, 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening, or an equivalent of both moderate and vigorous exercise and muscle strengthening for at least 2 or more days a week. As we get older we have to be careful with going into activity very quickly. Aging adults should always ease into exercises with warm ups and cool downs. When doing weight training, make sure to start with smaller weights than the weights used for the work out. Remember, check with your doctor, start off slow, and get in some great activity each day to keep active!