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Fitness Over 50

Updated February 21, 2020

Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

We can benefit from physical activity at any age. Physical fitness decreases our risk of hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Yet, only 30% of people between 45 and 64 years of age, 25% of people between 65 and 74, and only 11% of people over 85 report being physically active.

Go4Life Campaign is a public-private campaign led by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. It encourages adults to make physical activity part of their daily life. The Go4Life website includes educational materials, tips, instructions on how to set goals, make plans, and monitor your progress, as well as exercises to get you started. You also may order free exercise guides and a video to provide more detail about specific exercises. Materials are available both in English and Spanish.

If you or a loved one has lung disease or any other respiratory issue, please review Air Quality Index: A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health. If you would like to know the Air Quality Index for your area, please visit AirNow.

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