As health professionals, you already know how important exercise and physical activity are for maintaining health and function, especially as people get older. But did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all. What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.
Learn more about the Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign and use it in your conversations with clients about ways they can incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Clients can get activity ideas, and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. You can sign up to become a Go4Life partner to get updates on the latest campaign activities, as well as have a voice in shaping campaign materials so that they best meet your needs.
And, please join us to celebrate Go4Life Month this September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults.
Remember Go4Life has what you need to help your older clients become more active for their health and function!