Never Too Late to Start Working Out

If you or a member of your family belong to the 65+ age group, physical activity should be a part of your daily life! Start exercising today to make your retirement happier, healthier and longer!
According to Physical
Activity Guidelines for Older Adults
designed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), three to four hours of physical activity a week may prevent many chronic diseases, decrease obesity risk, improve quality of life, reduce depression, lower risk of cognitive decline, and decrease mortality in older adults.

HHS http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/older-adults.aspx recommends that seniors work on muscle strength at least twice a week and spend at least 2.5 hours per week participating in moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity. Other suggestions include spending a minimum of 1.25 hours per week on vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity or participating in a combination of both.

Suggested aerobic activities can be completed at home or nearby. Gardening, vacuuming and brisk walking are good moderate-intensity activities while dancing, golfing and bicycle riding are great examples of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

If you or your family needs help finding an exercise program, take advantage of local professional assistance, which has always been the fastest and the most reliable way to get in shape. Physical therapists, whose assistance is covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most insurance plans, will gladly work with you and your family to get you feeling healthier and happier! Call (412) 421-0909 today to learn about physical therapists in your area or visit www.wphha.com for more information!

Western Pennsylvania home Health Association is a non-profit organization, servicing clients throughout Western Pennsylvania. At WPHHA we have coined the term “mobile healthcare services” to meet your needs on your time. These include in-home nursing, non-medical homecare and rehabilitation services. Our main concern is to help you or your loved ones maintain the highest level of wellness and independence possible.

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