Friday, July 25, 2008

AARP Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova Offers Tips To Help Get Active And Healthy

“Starting an exercise routine is no easy task - it is even harder to stick with one. This is the focus of a new study on the "Step and Stride with Ruby" walking program released today by AARP and the Red Hat Society with support from the AARP Foundation's Women's Leadership Circle. Over 500 women in Red Hat Society Chapters participated in the study, which found that friendly competition and participation in group activities was the key to sticking with an exercise regimen. Martina Navratilova, the professional tennis Hall of Famer who serves as the AARP Health and Fitness Ambassador, helped launch these findings as part of her work to promote healthy behaviors. ‘It is really important that people get active to stay healthy as they age,’ said Navratilova. ‘This study shows what I've known all along about competition - while it feels good to play, it also feels good to win. Adding a little healthy competition to your work-out is a win-win for everybody and can go along way to helping you stick with your exercise program.’”

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