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According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active (1). Despite the age-defying benefits of getting fit, seniors are the least physically active of all Americans—40 percent of women and 30 percent of men over 70 report that they never exercise (2). Explore the resources below to learn about the benefits of exercise, the dangers of inactivity, and helpful tips on getting started:

ACLS Training Center
Exercise and Stroke Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Strength Training for Older Adults is a collaboration of biking enthusiasts, fitness experts and industry insiders.

Exercising For Life
Everything you need to know about keeping an active lifestyle well into your senior years.

Health Benefits of Swimming
Health Benefits of Swimming for All Including for Seniors
Exercise and Fitness as You Age

InTheSwim Pool Blog
Health & Aging: Seniors and Swimming

Mayo Clinic Diseases and Conditions
Exercise: A Drug-Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure

National Institute on Aging
Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

NIH Senior Health
Benefits of Exercise

US News Health
Senior Citizens Need to Work Out, Too

WebMD Heart Disease
Heart Disease Prevention with Exercise

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