Active Aging Week Begins
This year, Active Aging Week will be observed from Monday, October 3 to October 9. The dates were chosen to coincide as close as the calendar permits to October 1, the International Day of Older Persons.
This week’s observance caught my attention because I am older and want to be active and encourage others to be active as they age.
I just renewed my personal trainer certification with ACE by passing their Functional Training Specialist educational program. ACE is the leading nonprofit exercise professional and health coach certification organization, and movement is at the core of everything they do.
It is their mission to get people moving! That fits my vision for Movin’ Together, as I encourage us to keep moving forward!
Recently, when I fractured my hip playing pickleball, I decided that I would get up and go for it! Well, I did not exactly get up, but my mindset was to get up! I went through surgery and then rehabilitation enduring the pain involved with recovery. I thank God that I am pain-free about 95% of the time, five months later! And I want to stay active as I age. I would like that for you as well as you age.
How can we be active as we age? How about walking? Walking is the most underrated form of exercise! Walking has been shown to improve memory and prevent the deterioration of brain tissue as we age. Walking is a lower-impact exercise and can be done for more extended periods, and it creates less stress on joints and reduces pain.
Plus, psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout.
Physical activity is an excellent way to lower stress, and cycling’s low-impact movements are also forgiving on joints. Cycling is also beneficial for physical coordination as it exercises the quadriceps and other muscle groups that maintain balance. Research has proved that seniors who have an active social life are healthier, happier, and live longer. Cycling is a great way to get together with your friends a few times a week and have fun. We have the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County, PA, where walking and biking are a welcome pastime for locals and visitors alike!
I must go as I set out to take a walk with my husband for our time of being active! Happy trails to you until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smiling until then.
Please check out these broadcasts about the Pine Creek Rail Trail for your enjoyment!
Writing: Sara Vogt
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