House Calls

SUM 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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H ave trouble sticking to a fitness routine? Try signing up for an exercise class filled with folks your own age, suggests a new Canadian study. Previous data has shown that older adults prefer working out with their peers, so researchers at the University of British Columbia set out to test whether doing so would actually yield a higher level of physical activity. More than 600 seniors with an average age of 72 participated in the study; for it, they were assigned to one of three exercise classes at a YMCA in Vancouver for 12 weeks, with the option of extending their program by an additional three months. One group included participants of the same age and gender, another consisted of same-aged men and women, and the third was filled with people of all ages and genders. At the end of 24 weeks, participants who took part in the same-aged classes netted an average of 9.5 more workouts than those who were assigned to the mixed- aged group. (Classmate gender, study authors found, had no bearing on attendance levels.) As a group, older Americans are falling short on exercise level recommendations; in fact, in 2014, the CDC found that 28 percent of U.S. adults age 50 and older were completely inactive. So whether you enroll in a class at a local senior center or simply hit the gym with some of your pals, use these findings as a motivating factor this summer and beyond. Research reveals a heart-healthy benefit of surrounding yourself with your contemporaries h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2018 } 15 Peer Pressure

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