5 ways seniors can stay safe and active during COVID-19

(BPT)—By now, most seniors are aware that they’re among the most vulnerable demographic groups when it comes to contracting COVID-19.

That said, a recent nationwide poll by Tivity Health®, a national provider of senior fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle solutions, including SilverSneakers®, the nation’s leading community fitness program designed for older adults, indicates many are probably not getting the exercise they need to maintain optimal health.

In the poll, 46 percent of adult and senior respondents said the pandemic is preventing them from attending in-person exercise classes at local gyms, although 84 percent noted they’ll return within a month once attendance is deemed safe by authorities.

A core challenge is reduced gym access, as quarantines prove problematic for many older Americans trying to continue exercise regimens. Exercise remains critical for seniors to maintain a healthy immune system that’s able to fight off disease. Regular workouts can also increase balance and

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