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Puzzle: Get On Up!

Seattle is a fitness-obsessed city, right? Surely we put all those other cities to shame when it comes to exercise!

Think again, said a recent article in the Seattle Times! Apparently we are second only to that other Washington in spending our work days in a chair.

The article explains that all our new tech jobs are mostly to blame—but even if you don’t spend your days at Microsoft, Amazon or Google, it’s important to consider how much time you spend sitting.

For people of every age, and especially older adults, the more time we spend sitting down, the higher our risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, dementia, stroke and back pain. A study from Northwestern University even found that for people older than 60, every additional hour per day spent seated is linked to a 50 percent greater risk of increased disability! Talk to your doctor about a prescription for exercise that’s right for you.

Even if you set aside time for an exercise routine every day, prolonged sitting can still be harmful. Make a habit of getting up every so often. Stand up when you talk on the phone. When you get up to get something, take a little stroll around the house. Is a friend coming to visit? Chat while you go for a walk, rather than settling in on the couch. Walk for short errands instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator if you are able. Let’s set a great example for all those new, young tech workers!

Need inspiration? One place to look is Sound Steps, a walking program associated with Seattle Parks and Recreation but open to residents of other areas, too. Visit the Sound Steps blog for countywide information.

This month’s puzzle has 20 words to inspire you to abandon your couch potato ways and … GET ON UP! Download the puzzle here.

Need a little help? Click here for the solution.

The information in this article is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Ask your doctor for an exercise program that’s right for you. Almost every senior, no matter what their condition, can benefit from exercise.

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