Despite the multiple campaigns highlighting the benefits of regular exercise, one in four adult Americans are not physically active past the necessary movements for daily life actions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentioned that more than 31 million Americans older than 50 are inactive.
CDC specialists used the information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from 2014 which involved all 50 states and the District of Columbia in analyzing the patterns of inactivity amongst American adults ages 50 and older by chosen features. The participants were asked if they have engaged in any physical activity like running, gardening, golf or walking for exercise in the last 30 days.
According to the findings, women’s inactivity measures (29.4 percent) were greater than men’s (25.5 percent). Moreover, 32.7 percent of the Hispanics were inactive, compared to 33.1 percent of blacks and 26.2 percent whites. Furthermore, with the increase of the age of participants comes to a greater inactivity rate. 25.4 percent of people aged 50-64 were inactive, while the inactivity rate for people older than 75 years old was 35.3 percent.
The author of the study is convinced that the communities could do so much more to support adult Americans to exercise more. He advises that residential areas should be located at walking distance from stores providing individuals safe paths between the places. Public spaces like recreational facilities, malls, senior centers, and parks could promote the activity among the elderly by coordinating projects like mall-walking performances.
Institutions should conduct more projects such as the Walk With Ease proposal organized by the Arthritis Foundation for individuals with specific chronic diseases.
Adults older than 50 years old generate around $860 billion in health care costs every year. Research shows that four in five chronic diseases for this group age could be controlled or prevented with physical activity.
The risk of fracturing bones or falling could be significantly decreased by exercising on a regular basis which can also lead to the ability to live independently. Physical activity in older Americans might also delay dementia and improve the mental health of patients.
CDC is currently involved in projects with the health department to generate more pedestrian and bike-friendly transportation programs. Moreover, the agency is continuing to help older people remain physically active regardless of their conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.
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