Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oldsters, Don Your Walking Shoes to Improve Your Health

The oldest old (about 85 years+) can benefit from even a little physical activity, according to Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, a geriatric specialist at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

"As little as four hours a week was as beneficial as more vigorous or prolonged activity. "

It's never to late to start, either. Just walk in short intervals several times a day and you 'll increase your chances of seeing your granddaughter on her wedding day (and maybe you'll be first on the dance floor!).

A side benefit to all this--less depression, loneliness and a greater ability to perform daily tasks.

So get moving.

For more on walking to maintain your health, visit


karen said...

I love to ride my bike . Now all I get done is rideing the stationary one but at least I ride. 2 miles everyday. Merry Christmas!!!

Diane J Standiford said...

The old folks here at my retirement home, walk, take yoga, always on the move! And they look great with sharp minds. Not many runners or weight liftrs, just singing is good for the body! Every little bit helps.

Ms. 50something said...

Many times I have to remind myself to get off my b___ and get moving. That recliner is just too comfortable for my own good!

Grampa Ken said...

Living in town in a smaller city has some distinct advantages for exercising. I am able to walk to the supermarket, barber, doctor and just about everything, including a stroll in one of the parks.

But my bicycle gives me the most pleasure and is easy on the feet. A trip to the beach makes for a perfect day.

Ms. 50something said...

Hey, Grampa,
We live in similar areas. I LOVE being able to walk everywhere...but you won't catch me on a bicycle (I'm sure I'd kill myself!).

Grampa Ken said...

On turning 75 a few weeks ago I posted my thoughts about it. You might find it interesting.

Viewing Life and Society at 75