Older Adults and Weight Management
Extra pounds can creep up on you as the years go by. But you can win the battle against that extra weight. This quiz provides the tips you need to be prepared.
1. Extra pounds are made up of:
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The increase in fat puts you at higher risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. A healthy weight is possible with regular physical activity that includes aerobic (“cardio”) activities. Examples are brisk walking, golfing, yard work, bicycling, and swimming. Add to that some muscle-strengthening exercises, and balance it with a healthy diet. And you can do more than just manage your weight. According to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, getting at least 2-1/2 hours a week of moderate-intensity activity like brisk walking can lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and colon and breast cancers. Also aim for 2 days a week of muscle-strengthening activities.
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