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This April, Join Others in Improving Your Health and Move More

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Every April in the U.S. is “National Move More Month,” an effort launched by the American Heart Association (AHA) to improve the health of adults in the country. The message of National Move More Month is especially important for seniors who may need to take the message to heart.

National Move More Month puts the spotlight on the need for adults to get up and moving as a critical part of enjoying good health. Getting up and moving has benefits for your body, mind, and heart.

CDC Adult Exercise Recommendations

The guidelines for the amount of exercise that adults need centers around physical activity that is anything that gets you moving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity for adults each week. The other recommendation is two days of muscle strengthening activity for adults each week.

Don’t be intimidated by 150 minutes of physical activity. You can break it down to smaller chunks and you don’t have to do it all at once.

For example, five days of 30 minutes of activity can get you to that goal of 150 minutes of physical activity. You could even spread it out into smaller chunks if you want to do physical activity for 20 minutes a day for six days, then one day of 30 minutes of activity.

The Benefits of Getting Moving

Many adults in the U.S. are sitting for too long during the day. In the U.S., 25% of adults sit for longer than eight hours a day. The benefits of getting up and moving instead of sitting are many.

These benefits include:

  • A reduction in stress
  • Lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improving mental health
  • Lowering the risk of depression

Moving and staying active also helps your overall health, per the AHA.The AHA cites studies that show how higher fitness levels lead to better attention, improved learning, better memory, and being able to solve problems. Not only that, studies show you can live longer.

It’s Good to Ease Into Activity

Feel free to start small when it comes to changing habits. If you are not active, the AHA recommends beginning your moving regimen with just five minutes of movement. You can build up from there. Another option is to split up the time during the day as you move toward a goal of 20 or 30 minutes of movement, or more.

Hopefully, the spring weather will encourage you to get up and move. Going outside is beneficial in many ways.

Think fresh air, sunlight and Vitamin D, and other ways to improve your physical health. All it takes it getting up and moving!


Senior living communities like Auburn Hill Senior Living are precisely that—a community. Residents become friends and even family, and a caring team is there to help them maintain their quality of life. 

At Auburn Hill Senior Living, we offer both Assisted Living and Memory Care and we care with Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Residents first and Teamwork. We like to call it Caring with H.E.A.R.T.™!

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