People at any age may benefit from physical activity. Physical fitness decreases the 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.
Additional information is available from:
- The Centers for Disease Control
- The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
- Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life
- Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from The National Institute on Aging
- The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK)
- Workout and Go: Mini Exercise Guide
- Improve Balance: Prevent Falls
- SDSU iGrow Health & Wellness
Disclaimer: SDSU Extension is not endorsing any product or service provided as resources on this page. In addition, SDSU Extension is not responsible for the content of any web page not specifically hosted by iGrow.org. By accessing this website, full responsibility falls to the user for how the provided information is used. Always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.