Make no ifs, ands, or butts about it (pun intended), sitting is bad for your health! A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that sitting more than 6 hours in a day will greately increase your risk of an early death. In fact, the research suggests inactivity now kills more people than smoking!
As a result, SYNERGY HomeCare launched a "Quit the Sit" campaign that began last year! This campaign will encourage people to move their bodies more, improve their health, and hopefully lengthen their lifespan. For those who haven't been active in awhile, it's best to take it slow to start. Talk to your health care provider for beginning any exercise program. Create a goal that will help you stay active each week! Hang it on your mirror, use it as a book mark, or anywhere that you will see the goal reminder.
Looking for ideas on how to Quit the Sit? Just put one foot in front of the other. By simply walking, seniors can improve their health and lengthen their lifespan! The National Institute on Aging suggests that walking can do wonders for seniors. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, alleviate arthritis symptoms, decrease anxiety and depression, and promote weight loss.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older Americans engage in moderate to mild aerobic exercise for at least 2.5 hours per week. Don't overdo it in the beginning. The secret to a successful walking program is making a plan and sticking to it. The benefits of walking come over time. Tailor your time and energy output to an appropriate level for your age and health status. If you have balance issues, you may want to use a walking stick to help stabilize your steps, or engage a SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver to help support your fitness goals! An American Heart Association study revealed that American adults are 76% more likely to take a walk if another person is counting on them, so grab a partner and get going!