Staying Active Helps Maintain Independent Living

Staying Active Helps Maintain Independent Living

It’s never too late to start being more active. With today’s medical technology and scientific advances, the average life expectancy for men and women is increasing. With longer lives, people are placing greater importance on healthy lifestyle to maintaining independent living. Keeping moving throughout the day with exercise and/or household tasks helps maintain strength, balance and flexibility and is healthier for your heart.

Short, Moderate Activity Intervals are Beneficial
Exercise is a great way to keep active, but should be approached with caution. Exercise does not have to be vigorous to be beneficial. A walk around the neighborhood or 30 minutes working in the garden can be helpful for body and mind. Also, if 30 minutes of exercise at one time seems too much, research now suggests that three 10-minute intervals spread out over the day is just as effective. If you have an existing medical condition, or are just starting to increase your activity or start an exercise program, be sure to consult your health care provider—make sure the activities you choose are designed with your health and wellness in mind.

Questions About Exercise or Starting an Exercise Program?
Contact your primary care provider. Need to find a primary care provider? For a free physician referral, visit or call 425.277.DOCS (3627). Looking for a Fitness Center Without the Attitude? Check out The Fitness Center at Valley Medical Center. Our highly skilled, degreed exercise professionals work with you one-on-one to create an exercise plan that meets your fitness needs and provide you with support along the way. Visit or call 425.656.4006 to arrange a tour.

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