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Fitness for the Over-50 Crowd

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A senior can be at risk for bone fractures that can be life-changing. Yet up into the 80's, load-bearing exercise can slow, halt and possibly reverse bone mineral loss.

Hormonal changes can contribute to depression, diabetes, obesity and greater vulnerability to disease. Moderate exercise can improve each of these conditions.

Walking is safer than jogging or running, with less chance of falling or damaging the knees. Water exercise is protective of joints.

Increasing activity levels won't restore your youth. But it can keep you from some further loss, and can help prevent chronic disease.

Sportsci.org declared that your biological age can drop by up to 20 years. Your life expectancy can rise, and disabilities decrease. You may not only live longer, but enjoy it while you're about it.

Resources:

Senior Citizens Equate Fitness to Health Freedom
http://www.healthtalkandyou.com/senior-citizens-equate-fitness-to-health-freedom

Senior Citizens Can Be Older and Stronger with Progressive Resistance Training
http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Fitness/2011/20110404-SenCitCanBeOlder.htm

Senior Citizen Activities
http://www.ehow.com/way_5445596_senior-citizen-activities.html

Aging and Exercise
http://www.sportsci.org/encyc/agingex/agingex.html

Reviewed June 27, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton

Visit Jody's website and blog at http://www.ncubator.ca and http://ncubator.ca/blogger

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