Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Older adults urged to get more physically active

Exercise doesn’t have to be elaborate or exhausting to improve health, a University of Illinois Springfield faculty member told a gathering of senior citizens Monday.

“Pick activities that you like,” said Dorine Brand, assistant professor in the UIS department of public health. “Don’t expect immediate results right off the bat.”

Brand spoke at a free luncheon at Third Presbyterian Church that was sponsored by the Greater All Nations Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Health Ministry.

Brand conducted an upbeat discussion with the audience about the negative side of aging and ways that physical activity have been shown to relieve stress, combat cardiovascular disease and diabetes, assist with weight control and make older people more mobile and productive.

“Motivation is a key thing,” Brand said after her talk.

Brand was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 2, 2013.

Read the article online