People who are physically active tend to live longer! It lowers the risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the health benefits physical activity also helps muscles grow stronger so seniors can maintain their independence.
Sadly, 30.9% of Florida citizens over the age of 65 are sedentary based on a study by the Florida Department of Health. In order to encourage Floridians age 50+ to achieve and maintain healthy levels of physical activity that support a healthy weight, Lake Senior Games and the Florida Sports Foundation (Foundation) have partnered with Healthiest Weight Florida.
Through this partnership we are sharing these tips, links, and information on living a long and healthy life!
How Much Physical Activity Do Seniors Need?
If you’re 65 years of age or older, generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions the CDC suggests at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
For more details, training options, and benefits you can click here to view the CDC recommendations.
Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids
Adults need protection too, especially seniors! Talk to your health care provider to see if the following vaccines are right for you:
Click on any topic above to learn more and download the PDF files provided by Florida Health.
How Can Seniors Prevent Falls?
Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall related injury. In Florida falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the senior population.
To learn more about unintentional senior falls in Florida with a County by County comparison you can click here to download the PDF on Florida Injury Facts.
To take control of your health and discover 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall you can click here to download the PDF from the National Council on Aging.
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