Retirement Physical Fitness: 8 Steps To Getting in Better Shape

| May 7, 2014 | 1 Comment | Email This Post Email This Post

Retirement: 8 steps to getting in better shapeRetirees need to do physical activities that will keep them strong and flexible so they can continue to do the things they want to do for years to come — whether that’s playing with their grandchildren, living independently or going on vacations, says Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, head of the department of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“In retirement, you have more opportunities than ever before of building a physical activity program that makes sense for you,” says Chodzko-Zajko, editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s recent book on exercise for older adults. He also worked on the National Institute on Aging’s physical activity guidebook and sample exercises.

There are plenty of reasons to be physically active as you age. Research shows regular exercise reduces the risk of early death, helps control weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer, anxiety disorders, cognitive decline and hip fractures. It may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes.

Retirees need to stay strong and flexible to do the things they want to do for the years ahead. It’s critical for retirees to develop physical activity plans for their golden years just as they do financial plans, says a leading national expert on physical activity and aging. Retirees […]

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