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Apr 8th, 2018

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Exercise—a Key to Healthy Aging

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The first Baby Boomers—people born in the United States, Canada, and the UK between 1946 and 1964—are now over 60 years old. But this group has made it clear they don’t plan on sitting around in rocking chairs. If you’re a senior interested in staying young, agile, and healthy, be sure to get regular exercise and support it with a wellness lifestyle.

Your exercise program—what’s your pleasure?

Choose exercises or physical activities that you enjoy, that get you outdoors, and that you can do with friends. Some ideas:

  • Walking is one of your best options for aerobic exercises. It requires no special equipment other than good footwear and a water bottle. Put on sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a hat or scarf to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, especially if you go walking after 10 a.m. and before 3 p.m. For extra motivation, walk with a friend.
  • Swimming is another great aerobic exercise, especially if your joints don’t like walking. Bring a water bottle with you to the pool. Ear plugs made for swimming can prevent ear irritation or infections.
  • Tai chi maintains balance, flexibility, and strength. Dr. Jim Concotelli, the vice president of programs and services at Horizon Bay Senior Communities in Tampa, Florida, has documented that regular tai chi practice in older adults reduces falls by 50%. “Tai chi at any age can be fulfilling,” says Concotelli. Tai chi also lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart, increases oxygen intake, calms a stressed nervous system, and improves immune function.

Give your workout a boost

Maintain vitality and get the energy you need for regular exercise by maintaining a wellness lifestyle:

  • Eating balanced meals provides you with the fuel for exercise. If you exercise in the morning, make sure you eat breakfast. Combine carbohydrates with protein for sustained energy, such as fortified cereal with milk and fruit.
  • Sufficient sleep also gives you added energy. Get to sleep quicker by winding down before you go to bed. Tips include dimming the lights, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or sipping some milk or warm herbal tea such as chamomile.
Terra Wellington is a wellness lifestyle television personality, writer, and actor. She is working on her butterfly stroke.

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2 Responses to Exercise – a Key to Healthy Aging

  1. Nancy Wilken 29/04/2018 at 11:43 am

    Romaine Lettuce “out” now What other kind of lettuce?

    • Customer Support 29/04/2018 at 2:28 pm

      Hello Nancy. Many of our customers have questions about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning about romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. The CDC first issued guidance about chopped romaine lettuce, and on April 20, 2018, expanded that guidance to include whole leaf romaine. We are asking that customers comply with the CDC warning and not consume products containing romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region or that do not otherwise identify the growing region. For the most up-to-date information about the warning, please visit the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov.

      In response to the CDC warning, we’ve taken the following steps to protect our customers:

      • Our stores proactively removed products with chopped romaine lettuce grown in the affected Yuma, Arizona region. We changed our source of supply for chopped romaine lettuce and products containing it. All bagged salads and other items containing chopped romaine lettuce are currently being sourced from farms in growing regions not affected by the CDC warning.
      • In response to the expanded warning issued on April 20, 2018, we are in the process of also identifying and removing products with full-leaf Romaine sourced from the Yuma, Arizona region.

      Customers are asked to follow the CDC guidance and discard products containing Yuma-region romaine or return it for a refund. Thank you. -Jayme

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