Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's National Senior Health & Fitness Day

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We've blogged several times here about the importance exercise and fitness in our older years. Well, today is a whole day set aside to celebrate that. It's National Senior Health & Fitness Day!

More than 1,000 organizations across the country will host activities in honor of the 16th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, which is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adults.

The day is celebrated the last Wednesday in May each year. If you work with older adults, you might want to mark your calendar now so you can begin planning your activities for next year.

If you are an older adult and exercise or fitness is already part of your daily routine, congratulations! If not, there is no time like the present. Exercise does not require a gym membership or fancy equipment. Meeting up with friends for a walk in the neighborhood counts. Dancing -- ballroom, square dancing or hip hop, if that's your style -- is an excellent form of exercise.

Not sure where to start? SeniorJournal.com offers "29 Tips of Physical Fitness for Seniors."

Some of the highlights include:
  1. Check with your doctor first.
  2. Exercise with a buddy.
  3. Set short-term and long-term goals.
  4. Start out slowly.
  5. Do balance exercises as well as strength exercises.
To review the whole list, click here.

Another good source for senior fitness news is AARP's Fit@50+ program, where you'll find fitness resources, tools and articles.

If you are 50+ and have a fitness routine that you enjoy, tell us about it. If you work with older adults, tell us how you incorporate fitness and exercise into your programming.

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