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The key to healthy aging

Sinclair Broadcast Group

With Americans living longer than ever, it's important to feel your best in the process. One of the key things you can do to safeguard your health, pump up your immune system and super charge your mind, is to move your body. In this Sinclair Cares story, Stacy Case shows us one universal key to healthy aging.

Gayle Goad dares you to guess her age. There's no question, "GG," as her friends call her, is active.

"Pickle ball, badminton, was doing dancing and swimming," said Goad.

Gayle Goad is 80.

"According to the doctor, I have scoliosis, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, bulging discs, pinched nerve, arthritis, osteopenia, but I just ignore them all," Goad said laughing.

Better put, she just doesn’t let them slow her down.

A telling study out of the University of Birmingham, shows less than half of people over 65 exercise enough to stay healthy.

In addition to improving balance, strength, flexibility and your brain power, the same study shows exercise throughout life keeps your immune system young too.

A big motivator in a global pandemic.

Gretchen Funk is with Fifty Forward, an organization that helps people enjoy the second half of life as much as the first.

"Even if you used to run a marathon, and now you walk your dog around the block. That is excellent," said Funk.

Even with things closed, the National Institute on Aging, recommends getting up during TV commercials to march in place, simple stair stepping, taking walks.

For GG, when things shut down for the pandemic?

"I made a commitment not only am I going to survive it, but I'm going to be healthier and stronger when it's over. There's a big battle between my brain and my body."

And most days her brain wins.

GG's goal is to make it to 100. There are so many ways to stay active and the National Institute on Aging has dozens of exercise videos to help you get started.

As a reminder, consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.