Wednesday marks Senior Health and Fitness Day

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Wednesday marks Senior Health and Fitness Day and exercise specialists at Vidant Medical Center are encouraging senior citizens to stay active.

Exercise Specialist Meghan Everhart says North Carolina has one of the highest populations in the country of people 65 and older. By 2025, she says one in five people living here will be 65 or older.

In order to promote longevity and independence for the older generation, specialists are encouraging senior citizens to practice at home exercises.

They say 2-3 days a week of strength training can help improve your bone health and help prevent a fall. It's suggested that you get a chair and practice squats, bicep curls and core exercises all from your seat. You can watch a video demonstration in the interview above.

Other components of senior health and fitness include cardiovascular health and balance. It's recommended that anyone 65 or older gets 4-6 sessions of at least 30 minute cardio workouts, like walking in place, half jumping jacks and seated jacks.

A free, public event to promote and teach senior citizens about exercise routines will take place at Vidant Wellness Center Wednesday, May 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.