UWEX Impact Report
Research shows that regular exercise provides many benefits to mature women. Yet only 7% of middle-aged and older women exercise daily.
Regular weight-bearing exercise helps older women increase their strength, muscle mass and bone density, and decreases the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity. Exercise has also been shown to improve self-confidence, sleep and vitality.
Preventing the onset of osteoporosis—porous bones that break easily and heal slowly—is especially important for middle-aged and older women. One out of every three women over the age of 40 suffers from this condition. The good news is that exercise can contribute to the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. For many Wisconsin communities, the challenge lies in finding ways to provide education and opportunities for older women to get the essential exercise they need.
Benefits of Strength Training
A special issue on the role of social networks in adult health & aging: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/05/social-networks.aspx
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