Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 9, 2008
According to Babyboomercaretaker.com nutrition specialist Annie Hartshorn, understanding baby boomer aging needs is the key to live a long healthy life. A recent study shows that the majority of seniors over 55 and older have high blood pressure, obesity, and chronic diseases. The truth is it does not need to be that way. Remember, it is never too late to get healthy and stay healthy.
"Over seventy five percent of elderly Americans do not have proper nutrition which can lead to premature death. Everyone, especially elderly seniors, should have at least 5 serving of fruits and vegetables per day to keep optimum weight. It is never too late to get started on your five serving per day," said Annie.
Fruits and vegetables with vivid colors like peppers, carrots, berries, berries, spinach and tomatoes provide essential fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Fruits and vegetables can decelerate the aging process through cell decay and damage.
"It is no doubt that our endurance, flexibility, and balance decrease as we age. Exercise can significantly help improving our quality of life by improving our muscle mass, endurance, and flexibility," added Annie.
A recent study shows the relationship between our muscle mass and our age. "We lose 1-2% of muscle mass per year after age 50 and older. Muscle is important, because it keeps us strong. Without it, we can loose mobility and independence. Our endurance and flexibility also decrease as well." Falling is one of the most common injuries for seniors as a result. The statistics from Disease and Prevention (CDC) show that one of every three Americans over the age of 65 falls each year.
The good news is exercise can help build muscle mass, endurance, flexibility, and balance at any age. Elderly exercise and physical activity alike can decrease the risk of falling.
"You don't need to make up for years of inactivity overnight. Start slowly and build up gradually. The most import thing is to stay on track and build exercise into your life as a habit," concluded Annie.