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How older adults can get back into physical exercise following months of pandemic rules – The Washington Post

By Judith Graham, May 31, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. PDT

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Alice Herb, 88, an intrepid New Yorker, is used to walking miles around Manhattan.

But after this year of being shut inside, trying to avoid covid-19, she has noticed a big difference in how she feels. “Physically, I’m out of shape,” she told me. “The other day, I took the subway for the first time, and I was out of breath climbing two flights of stairs to the street. That’s just not me.”

Emotionally, Herb, a retired lawyer and journalist, is hesitant about resuming activities even though she’s fully vaccinated. “You wonder: What if something happens?” she said. “Maybe I shouldn’t be doing that. Maybe that’s dangerous.”

Millions of older Americans are similarly struggling with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges following a year of being cooped up inside, stopping usual activities and seeing few, if any, people. If they don’t address issues that have arisen during the pandemic — muscle weakness, poor nutrition, disrupted sleep, anxiety, social isolation and more — these older adults face the prospect of poorer health and increased frailty, experts warn.

Source: How older adults can get back into physical exercise following months of pandemic rules – The Washington Post

Owning A Dog Leads To More Walking And Exercise For Older Adults : Shots – Health News : NPR

Dog owners often say the best thing about dogs is their unconditional love.But new research suggests there’s another benefit, too. Dog owners walk more.

Source: Owning A Dog Leads To More Walking And Exercise For Older Adults : Shots – Health News : NPR