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Over 50? Here's a Major Sign You Need to Exercise More Starting Now

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Now more than ever, it's important for older adults over the age of 50 to keep fit. According to the University of Michigan's 2021 National Poll on Healthy Aging report, more than a third of Americans aged between 50 and 80 saw their physical activity levels drop considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, more than a quarter of surveyed older adults admit they are in worse physical condition today from a muscular, endurance, and flexibility perspective than a year ago. Almost unbelievably, 21% say they've barely been accomplishing just 30 minutes of moderate activity (such as walking) per week. The good news is that it's never too late to make up for lost time. "As life gets closer to normal, especially for the large percentage of older adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, health care providers and loved ones should encourage more interactions that involve safe physical activity," comments poll director Preeti Malani, M.D., a Michiga