Researchers say even 15 minutes a day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming could help older adults live longer. A group of Austin seniors are using a friendly competition to keep their minds sharp and bodies fit.
Inside Buckner Villas, seniors are tapping their toes and stretching their muscles. This month their moves are all part of a European Adventure through France, Italy and Greece.
"It's overwell wellness and we're using this competition which is a lot of fun to encourage everyone at whatever level they are to get out and do a little more and push themselves to do a little more and be as active as they can," said Holly Jones who serves as the wellness director for Buckner Villas.
"Everytime you see them in the hall you say get back down there and get to work," said David Scott laughingly. At 77, his friends who are in their 90s serve as inspiration.
"We're focused on the miles but the most important part is being together and having a lot of fun," said Scott's wife, Jajuana.
Each mile earned in the gym and through activities moves the teams across the map.
"I'm on the photographers. We're in second place by about four miles and plan on catching that up today," said Scott.
"I think we can win we just have to pick it up a little bit," said Dorothy Steed, 85.
Nearly 100 seniors are divided up into eight teams. They range in ages from 73 to 96. It's more than a competition but a way to benefit their brains, bodies and souls.
"It's even more important for seniors to be active. You've got to keep your joints lubricated, muscles moving and blood moving so you can feel great from the inside out," said Jones.
The young at heart say they'll keep exercising even after this adventure is over.
"I think we all want to keep participating in life no matter how old we are. We have proof of that with the wonderful 90-year-olds we have here. That's why we do it so we're still participating instead of waiting to wear out," said Steed.
The top two teams with the most miles will go to dinner and a movie.