Physical Activity Is Basic to Healthy Aging

Blue Cross Blue Shield Says Walking Works

Blue Cross Blue Shield says walking works for you in many of ways. A brisk-paced walk can help you and your family look and feel better, increase your energy, and pick up your spirits.
Walking can work to improve your health, too. A regular routine of brisk-paced walking daily can help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, strengthen your heart, and reduce the likelihood of serious health problems down the road. And with America spending more than ever on preventable health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and conditions associated with obesity such as arthritis, every step counts.

While any increase in walking will help promote good health, to produce the best long-term health benefits for most individuals, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends 30 minutes a day, on five or more days a week, or 10,000 steps daily.

That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans have launched WalkingWorks, the Blue Program for a Healthier America. 

Find out more about the Walking Works Program from Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans



Help Build The Foundation For A Healthy Body

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) Says

Strength Training Is Very Beneficial For Seniors

Research shows that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.

In fact: people with health concerns - including heart disease or                      arthritis - often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week.

Strength training, particularly in conjunction with regular aerobic exercise, can also have a profound impact on a person's mental and emotional health.

As you age, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, including

• Arthritis

• Diabetes

• Osteoporosis

• Obesity

• Back pain

• Depression


Lack of daily exercise and physical activity is bad for you, no matter what your age or health condition may be.  Even a little physical activity is better than none at all. And the more exercise and physical activity you get, the more it benefits your overall health and well-being.

You can do weights and stretching at home.

Local Senior Centers and organizations offer aerobic, strength and conditioning classes - often several times a day.

Strength training offers  so many physical, mental and emotional benefits for everyone, and especially for seniors. Experts believe that resistance exercise helps delay declines in strength and muscle mass for decades.

Like everyone else, Seniors need to engage in cardio, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises to stay healthy and maintain as much strength, balance and functionality as possible.  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

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  1. Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults

  2.     Dept. of Health and Human Services) PDF

  3. Physical Activity for Everyone            

  4.     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  5.     Also available in Spanish

  6. Tips to Help You Get Active

  7.     National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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