National Senior Health & Fitness Day: Intergenerational Health
Today is the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, a celebration of the nation’s largest health promotion observance for older adults. National Senior Health & Fitness Day unites roughly 100,000 older Americans in 1,000 locations across the nation with one common objective: to encourage and promote the benefits of a healthy and fit lifestyle. Active aging is increasingly important, considering one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
There are numerous individual and group fitness and nutrition activities that older adults can do to stay healthy. Some of the most rewarding activities may be to exercise, garden and cook healthy meals with your children and grandchildren. Whether you live near or far from your family, here are some other ideas for you to try:
- Go on vacation together and explore new surroundings on foot.
- Sign up together for a local charity walk/run! Not in the same area? Complete separate ones and send each other your medals.
- Keep in touch by challenging family members to eliminate added sugars from your diets for 60 days. Compare results each week.
- Take your grandchildren fishing and cook the fish you catch.
- Play a round of golf. Ditch the cart and walk the course.
While today is the last day of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, integrating healthy habits is fun and extremely beneficial year-round. A healthy lifestyle for older adults includes proper nutrition and aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and balance exercises. Take a look at these resources to learn more about active aging:
- Go4Life (National Institute of Aging)
- #AgeOutLoud (Administration for Community Living)
- Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)
- Presidential Champions
Let us know how you and your family plan to live your healthiest life if you’re on social media by using #0to60 and following us (@FitnessGov) on Twitter. Visit www.fitness.gov for tips, resources and motivational messages. Remember, the fastest way to living healthy starts right now!