Let's get physical
More and more studies show the benefits of exercise, but statistics show that fewer and fewer Americans have enough physical activity in their lives. Even as studies show that exercise has previously unassumed benefits for people over 65, that population becomes more sedentary. The ideal is 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most days, or the equivalent of expending more than 1000 calories per week. This would provide improvements to health in a wide range of areas.
Publication Name: Annals of Internal Medicine
Physical activity: counseling adults and older adults
Health care providers can help to encourage their adult patients to engage in regular exercise. Practitioners can accomplish this by staging the office environment to promote exercise, asking clients about their exercise routines, suggesting and planning appropriate exercise activities for their clients, routinely evaluating client progress, and exercising themselves. Current guidelines suggest 30 minutes of moderate to heavy exercise five times weekly.
Publication Name: The Nurse Practitioner
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