Physical activity improves the overall health and well-being of older adults. Even modest levels of activity done daily for 30 minutes can prevent or control heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and weight gain. Reducing the risk of disease is not the only benefit of being physically active. It can boost energy level, improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and help gain stronger muscles, bones and joints. Regular physical activity can also improve self-esteem, combat depression, and reduce stress.
In general, people become less physically active as they get older. Nearly 40 percent of people over the age of 55 report no leisure-time physical activity. Being a part of a walking club can motivate older adults to stick with a physical activity regime. Participating in a club rewards both body and soul.
Encourage people in your community to join or start a Keep Moving club. If there is not a club in your town, it's easy to start one. Learn more about the Keep Moving Program, check out the Keep Moving Directory for a club in your community.
Keep Moving Directory (PDF) file size 1MB
Ed Pomfred, RN, BS
This information is provided by the Healthy Aging and Disability Unit within the Department of Public Health.