In the United States every last Wednesday of May marks the National Senior Health and Fitness Day.
Seniors-focused organizations, including nursing homes, elderly centers, gyms and community organizations participate in this day. The main agenda is usually to encourage and motivate seniors to stay healthy and fit. Over 100,000 people in the country participate in these activities. To hold an official ‘Senior Day’ event, any organization is required to register with the MMRC (Mature Market Resource Center).
Another key aspect of this day is the Mature Fitness Awards. These are given to seniors who have accomplished significant fitness milestones. It’s the country’s first fitness recognition dedicated to older adults. Some of the fitness activities may be done either individually or as a group. The Mature Fitness Awards usually includes logs that seniors can use to track progress.
Exercise keeps your body active and prevents it from becoming weak with time. Working out prevents various life-threatening conditions such as depression, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and some forms of cancer. There is a variety of low impact exercises that seniors can indulge in to maintain a good shape and live a healthy life.
Long Term Care
Staying healthy as a senior is one great way to reduce your risks of needing long-term care. For those who are aged over 65, the chances that you’ll need long term care go up to 70%. You can reduce these odds, as well as prevent ailments by incorporating exercise into your daily routine.