Silver&Fit Celebrates Older Americans Month and National Senior Health & Fitness Day with Tips to Help Older Adults Stay Active

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Silver&Fit encourages older adults to use these tips to help increase energy and boost stamina, slow down muscle loss caused by age and inactivity, and burn calories to help maintain a healthy weight.

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As an industry leader in senior fitness and a 2014 national sponsor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day® on May 28, the Silver&Fit® Exercise & Healthy Aging Program encourages older adults to “get active!” What better time to start than Older Americans Month in May? Below are five tips to help older adults become and stay active.

1.    Find a workout buddy. You can rely on each other for support and encouragement. A workout buddy can also make time go by more quickly when you are doing an activity.

2.    Exercise during a comfortable time of day. If you’re too stiff in the morning, schedule your workout for later in the day. Exercising in the evening is OK, as long as you cool down at least two to three hours before going to sleep.

3.    Forget “no pain, no gain.” While a little soreness is normal when you first start exercising, pain isn’t. Stop exercising if you hurt. Call your doctor if you experience nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or lightheadedness, headache, or any type of pain, pressure or cramping.

4.    Choose fun activities. If you do activities you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with them. Also, be sure the activities you choose meet your physical needs. For example, if you have arthritis, you may find that you enjoy swimming more than running.

5.    Change your routine. Challenge your body by working different muscles. Try a new activity each week. Or rotate a few exercises to prevent boredom with your routine. Switching between exercises and types of activities may also lower your risk of injury.

Use these tips to help increase your energy and boost your stamina, slow down muscle loss caused by age and inactivity, and burn calories to help you maintain a healthy weight.

Before beginning any new exercise program, talk with your doctor. If you haven’t been active in a while, or if you have a health condition, your doctor can provide guidelines about a safe exercise program for you.

About the Silver&Fit Exercise & Healthy Aging Program
The Silver&Fit program is an exercise and healthy aging program providing unique, evidence-based fitness and health education activities for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees. Silver&Fit members have access to: no-cost or low-cost memberships at a participating, contracted fitness club or exercise center, or to the Silver&Fit Home Exercise Program for those who prefer or need to work out at home;, a website providing health tools and resources specifically designed for older adults; The Silver Slate® newsletter; and a toll-free customer service hotline. For more information, visit or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Facebook at, YouTube at, Pinterest at, Twitter at @SilverandFit and Instagram at @SilverandFit. The Silver&Fit program is a product of American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).

About American Specialty Health
American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is one of the nation’s premier independent, privately-owned specialty health services organizations, providing specialty health care networks and programs, fitness and exercise programs, and population health solutions for health plans, insurance carriers and employer groups. Operating from offices in San Diego, California, Southlake (Dallas), Texas, Carmel (Indianapolis), Indiana, and Columbia, South Carolina, ASH has more than 1,100 employees and administers services for more than 33 million members nationwide. Products offered through ASH and its subsidiaries include Healthyroads®, FitnessCoachTM, Active&Fit®, ExerciseRewardsTM and others. For more information about ASH, visit or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Twitter at @ASHCompanies or on LinkedIn.

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