Continuing our celebration of #OlderAmericansMonth we are sharing with you three tips to help you live longer, stronger, and better by getting into shape.
“Commute” even if you work from home.
For many of us, COVID means no commuting to and from the office — which means no moving, either. Use that gift of time for a walk, bike ride or jog. In a study, older women who averaged 4,400 steps per day (compared with just 2,700 steps) were 41 percent less likely to die during a follow-up of 4.3 years.
Set a “stretch timer.”
Use the timer to prompt you to stand up and get your blood flowing and muscles moving once every hour. Your brain needs oxygen to be productive — so if that’s how you can persuade yourself to get up and move, then do so!
Take your phone calls standing or walking.
They’re called “mobile phones” for a reason. Each time yours rings, stand up or go for a walk. It’s a simple way to decrease the time you are sedentary.