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Three Ways To Stay In Shape As You Get Older

Palm Springs, California (NAPSI) - As a professional golfer, it has always been important to me  to stay in shape and you can do so, too. As a matter of fact, my commitment  to health and fitness has been a big part of my success in golf, winning  tournaments over the course of five decades.

However, as I get older, I  realize that it takes a little bit more stretching, a little more training  and a little more recovery time to keep in shape.

Most older people face such struggles, no matter how athletic they have  been throughout their lives.

Importance of Staying Fit

Staying fit is extremely important at any age, and not just for athletes.  It can lead to improved sleep, weight control, concentration and mood.

Unfortunately, the current generation of U.S. baby boomers has higher  rates of obesity and related health conditions than members of the previous  generation, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American  Medical Association. It’s important for you to keep active as you get  older to help stave off high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease,  stroke and diabetes, as well as other medical conditions that seniors often  face, such as osteoporosis and depression.

Keeping in shape can also reduce the likelihood of falls and help you  remain independent for years to come. For instance, regular jogging increases  men’s life expectancy by 6.2 years and women’s by 5.6 years, the  Copenhagen City Heart Study found.

Fortunately, you can get in shape at just about any age. Consider the more  than 10,000 adults over the age of 50 who participate every two years at the  National Senior Games presented by Humana. They’re an excellent example  of people who not only recognize the importance of fitness but excel at  multiple athletic activities.

Three Tips

You don’t need to be a super-athlete to stay in shape but it’s  important to get out there and do something. Here are three tips to help you  keep fit:

Fitness Classes. Many health  plans offer fitness classes—such as SilverSneakers through Humana  Medicare Advantage—or yoga to give older individuals a fun, easy way to  stay in shape. Staying fit in a group setting can be motivating and help you  stay social.

Health Screenings & Annual  Physicals. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all  Medicare members now have access to one free annual wellness visit. Many  preventive screenings, including type 2 diabetes and various cancers, are now  also covered. Meeting with your primary care physician will give you more  detailed, personalized information on what you can do to get and stay in  shape.

Exercise Like a Kid. Just  because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t exercise like a  kid. After all, a recent American Cancer Society survey found that women are  more likely to be physically active if it feels more like play and less like  work. Simply jump on a bike or play an interactive video game, such as Wii  bowling or—my favorite—Wii golf. You can also find  multigenerational playgrounds across the country to help stay in shape.

Learn More

You can find further facts and tips on fitness online at

• Mr. Player, a well-being  ambassador for Humana, is the most successful international golfer of all  time, and is an avid supporter of physical fitness for all ages.