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Retirement: New Year's resolutions for wealth, health

by Nanci Hellmich | Dec 16, 2014

Exercise scientist Carol Ewing Garber, 61, president of the American College of Sports Medicine, suggests:

Sit less. Many people spend hours a day sitting, which increases their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. If you have those diseases already, you do worse if you spend a lot of time being sedentary. What has been found is if you get up more — even just walking around your house or apartment — you will reduce your health risks substantially.So get up and move about at least once an hour if you are watching TV or on your computer.

• Try to do some kind of intentional physical activity, such as walking. Aim to walk at least a half an hour a day at least five days a week. People who haven't been active will need to start out slowly and gradually build up to 30 minutes a day. The physical activity doesn't have to be done at one time but can be done in 10-minute increments.

Do some stretching exercise, lift hand weights and/or do some resistance exercise, such as modified push-ups against a wall. All of these physical activities are particularly important for older people because they lose muscle and strength over time, which makes it more difficult to do the activities of daily living.

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