Welcome to NutrActive's section of the site dedicated to providing you with helpful resources -- those of you 50 years young and older. Do not let getting older slow you down. Eating right and living an active lifestyle is more important now than ever. Adults that stay active live happier, more independent lives.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. The following link will open up a new tab bringing you to NIA home page while keeping this current page available to you for further reference.
The First Step to ACTIVE HEALTH patient education kit was subsequently developed, in support of the Active Aging Toolkit, by THERA-BAND products as a turn-key, evidence-based physical activity program for older adults, with input and review from the Active Aging Toolkit's Educational Partners. The First Step to ACTIVE HEALTH provides an evidence-based, progressive activity program. The goal of the program is to improve health and functional ability, to promote independence, and to help prevent chronic disease and disability in adults over age 50. Click on the following link which will open up a new tab:
MedlinePlus links to health information from the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies. MedlinePlus also links to health information from non-government Web sites. Click on link to view Medline's vast resources for Older Adults' exercises also called Seniors' fitness:
Nobody relishes the thought of growing old, but aging doesn't necessarily mean losing your looks or having to give up your favorite activities. Everyone has three different ages: His or her chronological age, the body’s age and the age of the mind. The following recommended site aims to give information on how to age well, which means both aging healthily and also looking younger than your chronological age.
This site promotes healthy aging by providing information about the prevention of age-related diseases and encouraging the adoption of healthy habits, including getting enough sleep, exercise and managing stress. It includes sections on nutrition, an A - Z of vitamins and minerals, a data-base of healthy recipes provided by readers and forums where visitors can exchange views on a variety of health issues. It also has advice about looking good as you age. (Clicking link opens new tab.)
10-minute Indoor Walking Workout for Seniors, Beginner Exercisers
This 10-minute indoor walking workout will help improve your cardiovascular health by getting your heart rate up and increasing strength with exercises that work your legs, glutes, core and upper body. Perfect for seniors and beginner exercisers. Marching or walking in place is the foundation for the workout. The 30-second rounds will also work on your balance and coordination, which is important to prevent falls, the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries among seniors.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults
Few older adults in the United States achieve the minimum recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity contributes to many chronic diseases that occur in older adults, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, Alzheimer disease, hypertension, and cancer. Lack of physical activity, combined with poor dietary habits, has also contributed to increased obesity in older persons. Regular exercise and increased aerobic fitness are associated with a decrease in all-cause mortality and morbidity, and are proven to reduce disease and disability, and improve quality of life in older persons. Read more at:
Physical Therapists demonstrate 5 exercises that all seniors should do every day. These exercises don't take long, and they offer three variations of each exercise easy-medium-hard. Find out which exercises work for you and do them everyday to increase your strength.
International Council on Active Aging (ICA)
Men and women ages 50 and older have a wide range of interests, abilities and needs. ICA helps older adults and physicians find fitness and wellness facilities dedicated to serving 50+ adults of different abilities. It also helps individuals find 55+ residential communities, health stores and community services that can help them achieve the style of life they desire. The site is divided into sections for the general public, physicians and facility operators. (New tab will open in your browser.)
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The information contained on this Web site is intended to help you better understand issues related to nutrition and exercise and help promote a healthy lifestyle. It is not intnded to replace the advice of a physician. If you read something on this site that contradicts what your physician tells you in any way, always follow your physician's advice. We advise you to consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have any serious medical conditions.