How Children and Seniors Should Exercise

Out of 1,440 minutes in every full day at least 30 of them should be scheduled for physical activity.
Exercise is a critical part of staying healthy and people who are active usually live longer and feel better. Exercise can help  maintain a healthy weight, delay or prevent diabetes plus some cancers and heart  problems.
Adults need 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days each week. This can include bicycling, walking briskly, dancing, mowing the lawn, swimming for recreation.  Stretching and weight training can also be used to strengthen the body and improve  fitness level. It’s important to find the right exercise. If it is fun there is more motivation.Walking with a friend, joining a class or a group bike ride is an example. However if no exercise has been done for a while, then a sensible approach to exercise should be used by starting slowly.
CHILDREN also need exercise. Most children should have at least an hour of physical activity daily.
Regular exercise helps children:
Feel better about themselves
Feel less stressed
Keep a healthy weight
Feel more ready to learn in school
Build and keep healthy joints, bones, muscles
Sleep better at night
Today kids spend more time watching TV, and  spend less time playing and running .  TV, video games and computer time should be limited. Parents should be active themselves thereby setting a good example for their children. It can also be more fun to exercise together. Kids can get exercise by biking to school, bowling, dancing and of course walking to places.
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SENIORS know that there is no fountain of youth. However the secret to feeling better and living longer is staying active. Finding the right program that works can pay big dividends to one’s health. Regular exercise can also prevent or delay diabetes and heart trouble. Exercise can also reduce pain from arthritis, anxiety and depression. All of these can keep seniors independent longer.
Senior exercise programs should include:
Aerobics to improve the health of the heart and circulatory system
Strengthening exercises which reduce age-related muscle loss and build muscle tissue
Endurance-“staying power”-activities – like walking, swimming, or riding a bike
Stretching exercises to keep the body flexible and limber
Balance exercises which can reduce the chances of  falling
There are physical therapy products that can be used by children and adults that can strengthen muscles so that there is less likelihood of a debilitating injury if an accident should occur. The ARMTUTOR and LEGTUTOR are such devices. They are braces that are strategically
placed and contain sensors connected to dedicated software that allows the user to get intensive exercise. Physical and Occupational therapists monitor these movements and design a specific program for each user.
Originally created for patients of stroke, brain/spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, CP, MS and other upper and lower limb disabilities the TUTOR system (which also includes the HANDTUTOR and 3DTUTOR) is used extensively in leading U.S. and European hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. They are fully certified by the FDA and CE.
See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information
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