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Strength Training for Older Adults

Strength training can be intimidating for older adults, but it plays a crucial role in keeping muscles and bones strong as we age. Learn some expert tips for starting a strength training routine today!

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Nutrition & Health

A healthy and balanced diet is key to maintaining a full and active lifestyle.

Walking in the fall
Oct 01

Walktober

Throughout the month of October, SDSU Extension and its partners are challenging South Dakotans to soak in the gorgeous colors of our state and make walking a top priority.

Group of older adults hiking.

Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity While Aging

There are many barriers that can impede regular fitness routines as we get older. Learn some strategies for when barriers pop up so you can maintain a healthy, active lifestyle regardless of your age.

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SDSU Extension welcomes new physical activity expert to Sioux Falls office

August 14, 2023

As a physical activity expert, Kranz will oversee existing SDSU Extension initiatives like Walk with Ease, a six-week program designed to help participants reduce pain and improve health; and Park Rx, which encourages health care professionals to “prescribe” exercise. Patients can fill the prescription by visiting a South Dakota State Park for a reduced rate.

Diverse group of community members attending a fitness class.

Community Wellness Coalitions

Community wellness coalitions bring together community-based organizations, stakeholders and wellness experts to identify and address wellness challenges.

Young woman demonstrating the Superman Pull core exercise.

Building a Strong Core

The midsection is a part of the body that many individuals strive to sculpt, strengthen and increase lean muscle tissue. While it may be easy to think of the core as just the abdominals, it involves many more muscles.

Father and daughter doing pushups on living room floor.

Thanksgiving-Themed Workout

This Thanksgiving, try a fun-themed workout to help you stay active and give thanks for fitness. This 20-minute, Thanksgiving-themed workout is something you can do with family or on your own—all you need is a timer.

Young man with a backpack hiking through a park.

Park Prescriptions

Through a collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks and SDSU Extension, healthcare professionals are encouraged to sign up and prescribe exercise to their patients through the Park Prescription (Park Rx) program.

Person walking outdoors wearing a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

Choosing the Right Walking and Running Shoes

Choosing the right shoes for physical activity can be an overwhelming process with so many options available. Wearing a shoe that is designed to fit your feet, while also fitting the type of exercise you plan to engage in, is significant for many reasons.