Exercise Options

Click on the links to the left for info on different programs and exercise opportunities near you!

In September 2016, Yale University researchers published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlighting results from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders study, the largest and longest of its kind. This study tracked the health of 1,600 people aged 70 – 89 over the course of 3½ years. Half of the participants took part in exercise that included aerobic, strengthening, flexibility and balance activities — the four basic elements of a good senior exercise program.

The results were dramatic. The seniors who took part in the exercise program were less likely to experience disability, and if they did suffer a disabling illness or injury, they recovered 25 percent faster. They were also less likely to suffer a relapse. Said geriatrics professor Dr. Thomas Gill, "Our report strengthens the evidence supporting the benefit and long-term value of physical activity in promoting independent mobility among a growing population of vulnerable older persons."

But, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many older adults fail to get enough physical activity. In a September 2016 news release, the CDC reported that 28 percent of seniors do not indulge in any exercise beyond what's needed for daily life activities. And the older we get, the more likely we are to lapse into a sedentary lifestyle. Bad idea! The CDC says that exercise:

  • Reduces the risk of premature death
  • Promotes independent living
  • Reduces the risk of falls and fall injury
  • Delays the onset and progression of dementia
  • Reduces depression, and improves overall mental health.
  • Delays or prevents many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Online Resources:

Click here for a list of endurance, strength, balance and flexibility exercises to try developed by the Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

Download a 120 page guide titled Exercise and Physical Activity  describing the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults by clicking here.

According to the 2016 America's Health Rankings Senior Report,  only 38.9% of Kentucky residents age 65+ reported doing physical activity outside their regular jobs.

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