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AMAC Urges Seniors to Enter Into a ‘Fitness Protection Program’

exercise seniors fitness program protectionYou’ll feel better and it can improve your health, says the senior advocacy organization

WASHINGTON, DC – Americans are living longer than ever before.  The average lifespan in the U.S. has doubled over the past 100 years.  In 1918, you were lucky if you made it past 40 years of age.  Today we’re living into our 80s and the number of people living past 100 is at an all time high.

Fitness expert Jena Walther, Exercise Physiologist at the Scripps Center for Executive Health in La Jolla, CA, says more than half of us who are over 55 don’t even meet the minimum recommended guidelines for exercise.  They lack confidence, are afraid they’ll hurt themselves or are just plain uninterested.  And, it gets worse as they get older.

“In addition to making older folks feel better, the advantages of keeping fit include the ability to prevent some of the more serious diseases associated with aging, including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Weber is encouraging AMAC’s membership to enter into what he calls a “Fitness Protection Program.”   He says, “As we get older we tend to seek ways to avoid activities that involve exertion.  To quote one anonymous wag: the only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, sidestepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.  We need to overcome inertia and find ways of improving our heart rates and blood sugar levels by developing good exercise habits.  Of course, it is important to check with your doctor before beginning any regimen that involves strenuous activities.”

Exercise is particularly good at fending off Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic conditions.  The World Health Organization says that a healthy diet, increased physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent 80% of premature heart disease, 80% of type 2 diabetes cases and 40% of cancers.  And, according to the Alzheimer’s Association: “”Exercise or regular physical activity might play a role in both protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and also living better with the disease if you have it.”

AMAC suggests that, ideally, your own Fitness Protection Program will include formal exercise routines – even if it is going for a walk around the block.  But being active doesn’t have to be limited to your workout times.  There are plenty of ways to become more active as you go about your day.  For example:

  • When you are out and about, always choose stairs over the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot when arriving at appointments and meetings, walk down every isle of the grocery store while shopping, practice balancing skills while standing in line, do neck rolls while waiting at a stoplight.
  • When you are at home, do a set of wall pushups while waiting for water to boil, vigorously vacuum, tend to the garden, sweep the sidewalk, rake leaves, lift weights while watching the news, try toe-raises while talking on the phone, do knee bends after sitting for a long period of time.

Says Weber, “you will feel better if you keep active.  Guaranteed!”

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] [https://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at https://amac.us/join-amac.

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Brenda
2 years ago

I go to the gym for aerobic classes 4-5 times a week. Include weights and stretches once a week. Work in my high maintenance yard about 5-15 hours a week. Have lots of joint issues and arthritis. 3 knee repacements and spinal fusion there are 2 choices. To sit and feel sorry for yourself or get moving. I have chosen the latter and feel great (most of the time). I have learned how to limit pain with heat. Been doing this for 21 years now. I am a big believer in staying active and fit

Bob Villa
2 years ago

I just turned 70 years of age and feel well, physically, mentally & emotionally. Of course I give all the glory and thanks to God, but because I am fairly disciplined to do daily exercises, my well being is enhanced and my ability to cope with the demands of life are better managed. Some of us are not motivated to daily exercise, but your article referring to an exercise “protection” program is relevant to everyone, esp as we age. Find the thing that motivates you to exercise; protection of mind, body and soul is as good a motivator as any.… Read more »

Alba
2 years ago

Does there is an AMAC office in Brownsville, TX, and/or Mc Allen – Edinburg TX?
Is there discounts at gyms for AMAC Members? Where ?

Phyllis Poole
2 years ago

I feel bad nutrition is the fault of most physical problems. Good nutrition can keep one well and active. It’s easy to buy prepared food because most are so busy. It would do well to slow down , prepare your own food and keep well and fit

The Freezing Senior
2 years ago

All you need is a couple of weight plates (10 & 25 lbs. ) and you can get a great workout any time in the comfort of your home ( indoor or outdoor)
and with minimum space. Hint: get an exercise buddy and play your favorite music – make it fun !
Check out this informative link for all the exercises you can do – and good luck !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUDNUYfR1TY&index=10&list=WL&t=0s

Cindy Turlington
2 years ago

An AMAC Gym membship discount would be a great incentive!

Gail
2 years ago

Thank you for the reminders. I have been doing some of the mentioned physical things but alas, I saw some of the things that I should be doing and I was starting to be just plain lazy. Embarrassing and wondering why I wasn’t doing more. Get a grip, I said to myself. Getting a grip makes me smile, now…often.

Marie Oser
2 years ago

Exercise is VERY important, at any age. At 75 I was going to a gym twice day, climbing 3 flights up and down instead of the elevator, all of a sudden at 80 am having difficulty walking and getting up from a sitting position, being treated w/ prednisone a/c of weak and sore muscles which caused me to fall during my morning walk 2weeks ago, haven’t walked since. Prior to this, I felt great for my age, no aches or pains, had lots of energy, active most of the day, would sit down around 5 or 6 pm to watch… Read more »

Georgia Saville
2 years ago

I really liked this article. I love common sense and this is it. And since my big good husband does most vacuuming, i will point out your vigorous vacuuming suggestion, loved it.

vex
2 years ago

More information provided to me. Thank you for sharing this great article.
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Marie
2 years ago

Exercise is VERY important, at any age. At 75 I was going to a gym twice day, climbing 3 flights up and down instead of the elevator, all of a sudden at 80 am having difficulty walking and getting up from a sitting position, being treated w/ prednisone a/c of weak and sore muscles which caused me to fall during my morning walk 2weeks ago, haven’t walked since. Prior to this, I felt great for my age, no aches or pains, had lots of energy, active most of the day, would sit down around 5 or 6 pm to watch… Read more »

Larry S.
2 years ago

Bogus stats! Infant mortality is what brought the average life span down. Plenty of people lived to see 60, 70 and 80. The tragedy was the infants dying at 0, 1 & 2. Their deaths influenced the average life span. Factor all of the abortions into our average life span and see what you get.

Rik
2 years ago

I find that in my senior years I need to concentrate on the “inside” of my body. Having good/Great blood circulation is the key. The amac censors would frown on naming the product, but I use a PEMT product, that’s Pulse Electro Magnetic Therapy, that gives you 100% microcirculation of the human body’s 75,000 miles of capillaries. This means go EVERY vital organ. Because when the human body doesn’t get blood, oxygen and nutrients to every organ, you’re also not taking away the wastes and toxins that cause diseases. It’s been said that 80% of all diseases that the human… Read more »

Anne Wiser
2 years ago

If you truly believe that a fitness program is beneficial then it should be included in your medigap plans. I cant afford a fitness plan o. $1200 a month income.

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