50 percent of older adults feel too weak, tired for daily activities
Even though surveyed participants stated that most of them feel as if they are in good health, one out of every two would like more energy and strength for daily activities.
The survey involved 1,480 Americans: 85 percent of them reported their own good health, and 82 percent said that they consider good nutrition crucial to their overall health.
"Fueling the body with the right nutrition -- particularly proteins and other muscle-building nutrients -- is important for overall health and enables you to experience all that life has to offer, whether that's playing with your grandchildren or your first 5K race," Tiffany DeWitt, a registered dietitian at Abbott, said. "By keeping well-nourished with age, you'll have more strength and energy to take on any challenge from achieving everyday goals to recovering from a health setback."
In addition, 74 percent said that they do weekly exercises. Furthermore, 56 percent said that they exercise more than three days each week. Of this figure, 57 percent said that their favorite kind of exercise is cardio, with 24 percent enjoying resistance exercises for strength building. Fourteen percent said that they prefer stretching or yoga.
"Many of us expect to slow down as we get older, but the science shows there's a lot we can do to prevent or delay some of the more debilitating effects of aging," Gabrielle Redford, executive editor of health for the AARP, said. "Exercising and eating right are critical to staying healthy, starting in our 40s when we start to lose muscle mass, right through our 50s, 60s and beyond."