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Older Americans can expect to live longer than ever before. Studies show that if you get to age 65, plan on living much longer—women 19 years longer, men about 16 years longer. Whether those added years are healthy and enjoyable depends in part upon preventing and controlling a number of chronic diseases and conditions. So, how do you take care of yourself when just getting out of bed is a chore?
Dr. Ken Davis, Chief Medical Officer for the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System , gives 7 exercises that can help senior citizens with endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility:
- Brisk walking
- Yard work (mowing, raking)
- Climbing stairs or hills
- Lifting weights
- Tai Chi
Dr. Davis says exercise and physical activity can help a senior citizen manage and prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis. It also reduces feelings of depression, improves mood and overall well-being, and may keep the brain in shape, too!
Although the bones and joints will creak and groan, take the time to stay active. If you’d like more information about CHRISTUS Santa Rosa and its specialists, join us online at www.christussantarosa.org.