Your Health: Age and Exercise
Published September 25th, 2013
It's hard to argue against exercise, now a new study finds staying healthy may do more than just keep you looking good.
A survey of nearly 20,000 adults found that healthy bodies lead to healthy minds.
The survey, done by Gallup and UCLA, found the more healthy behaviors adults are engaged in, the less likely they are to suffer memory problems.
One local woman says she believes staying healthy has given her a lifetime of good memories, and the motivation to keep making new ones.
Despite having arthritis in her knees, 81-year-old Betty Samara maneuvers a rigorous exercise routine every day: biking, walking, and weight training in her gym at The Village, a retirement community in Gainesville.
She might be retired, but in addition to staying active on a daily basis, Samara even plans vacations that keep her on the move.
Samara recently went on a cruise to South America, but didn't spend too much time lying on the beach. At 81-years-old, she went ziplining through the jungles of Barbados.
Exercise and a healthy lifestyle are supported by regular check ups at one of North Florida's Senior Healthcare Centers.
Betty is supported in her efforts by Dr. Ann Weber, a physician at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
"I think the days when she isn't as active she doesn't feel as good emotionally and cognitively as she does the days when she's out walking and doing all her exercise," Weber says.
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