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How to Exercise with Chronic Pain

When you have chronic pain, exercising safely may help with managing your pain. In fact, being inactive can sometimes lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function. A few things to consider when starting exercise with chronic pain: Consider a combination of different exercises, focusing on endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Talk withContinue reading “How to Exercise with Chronic Pain”

Download Today: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

We now know about more health benefits from physical activity — and how Americans can more easily achieve them. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is based on the latest scientific evidence that shows that physical activity has many health benefits independent of other healthy behaviors, like good nutrition. The recommended amount of physicalContinue reading “Download Today: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans”

How Exercise Supports Your Physical and Mental Health

Research shows the benefits of exercise go beyond just physical well-being. Exercise can help increase your energy, improve sleep, and reduce feelings of stress. Watch the following video to learn more about how physical activity can help support your emotional and mental health.

What do we know about diet and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?

Many studies suggest that our diet may affect the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference.  One diet that shows promising evidence of health benefits is the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish,Continue reading “What do we know about diet and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?”

Infographic: 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to exercise

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health and independence as you age. Physical activity can help boost your health and improve your mood. However, even if you know the benefits of physical activity, it’s not always easy to stay motivated to exercise. Keep these tipsContinue reading “Infographic: 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to exercise”

The Ten Benefits of Exercise

You are never too old to start exercising. Research shows that even people who start exercising in their 80’s and 90’s experience health benefits. A study published by the International Journal of Stroke found that people between the ages of 40 to 59 – who started a fitness routine – cut their risk of a deadly strokeContinue reading “The Ten Benefits of Exercise”

10 Benefits of an Active Lifestyle for Seniors

Maintaining an active lifestyle with activities ranging from moderate to vigorous intensity, such as exercise, walking, and gardening can promote a variety of health benefits for older people. Talk to your healthcare provider about strategies to help you live your best life!

Exercise: Beneficial to Your Brain, Body and Spirit

If you want to look and feel younger as well as improve your overall health, then the answer is likely exercise and physical activity. While exercise refers to actions such as brisk walking or yoga, physical activity also includes gardening, walking around your favorite store, or any movement outside of sitting down. According to theContinue reading “Exercise: Beneficial to Your Brain, Body and Spirit”