Getting Fit For Life
How to Find Out More
Local gyms, universities, or hospitals might be able to help you find a
teacher or program that works for you. You can also check with nearby churches
or synagogues, senior and civic centers, parks, recreation associations, YMCAs,
YWCAs, or even area shopping malls for exercise, wellness, or walking
Looking for a safe exercise program? The National Institute on Aging (NIA)
publishes Exercise:A Guide from the National Institute on
Aging. This free 80-page booklet has instructions and drawings for many
strength, balance, and stretching exercises you can do at home. Will they work?
Scientific research supported by the NIA helped experts develop these exercises
so they should help you if you do them as described. You can get the guide in
English or Spanish. In addition, the NIA has a 48-minute exercise video for $7.
You can order the video from the NIA Information Center.
Many organizations have information for older people about physical activity
and exercise. The following list will help you get started:
American College of Sports Medicine
P.O. Box 1440
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria. VA 22314-1488
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness
P.O. Box 20230
Stanford , CA 94309
"Exercise for Seniors"
"Exercise and Physical Fitness"
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 738-H, Dept. W
Washington, DC 20201-0004
Visit NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov),
a senior-friendly Web site from the National Institute on Aging and the
National Library of Medicine. This site features popular health topics,
including exercise, for older adults. It has large type and a "talking"
feature that reads the text aloud.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) distributes Age
Pages and other materials on a wide range of topics related to health and
aging. Some are in Spanish as well as English. You can order any of these
publications including the exercise book and video or a list of free
publications online at www.niapublications.org,
NIA Information Center
P.O. Box 8057
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057
National Institute on Aging
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
May 2004 Web page last updated: December 30, 2005