Older adults and Boomers fitness is the focus of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institute of Health’s campaign every September.
Concerned about the statistics showing that people tend to be less active with age, the NIA created the Go4Life initiative in 2011 to encourage and empower adults over 50 to move more.
Being regularly engaged in physical activities helps us manage any chronic conditions we may have. It also helps us continue being independent and doing things that are important to us.
Fitness is critical for healthy aging to occur.
Go4Life designated September as Go4Life Month and encourages all Boomers to discover for themselves the benefits of exercise and activity.
Although any age can certainly be involved, Go4Life targets Baby Boomers and our elderly parents. And don't limit your efforts to just September. Exercise all year to maximize health.
One of the suggestions for ways to increase activities this month is to partner with any children in our lives, particularly our grandchildren. We can participate in any number of things to motivate that Boomers fitness we all seek.
According to the Go4Life website, there are four major categories of physical activity that are needed to improve fitness. These include:
Instead of focusing on only one type of exercise, it’s recommended doing some form of all four on a regular basis. Mixing our exercise routines helps us stay motivated and decreases our risk of injury. We clearly need all of the categories.
Remember, exercising on a regular basis not only improves our fitness, it also helps keeps us happy. Exercise has been proven to lift our spirits, ease depression, alleviate symptoms of stress and help put us in better moods.
Be sure to use fitness trackers or other monitoring devices to keep you on track.
After all, we are looking for a life of gusto. Without Boomers fitness, we might have trouble finding that!