Active Aging Is Essential To Healthy Aging
It has been well established that, at any age, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can lower your risk for many health problems that may come with getting older including preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of diabetes and some types of dementia and it can help preserve muscle strength so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others. Strength and balance gained from physical activity significantly reduces your risk for a potentially disabling injury, such as a broken hip.
What Type of Activity is Best?
If you are age 65 years or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, you should be able to engage in a variety of activities. The key to getting consistent physical activity is to pick something you enjoy. This will ensure you continue to participate and achieve the benefits of being active. Don't look only to traditional "work outs" like running and lifting weights. Walking, dancing, yoga, tai chi and group classes like aerobics or water exercise are a great place to star and often a great way to meet new people!
However, no matter what your health status is, be sure to check in with your health care provider before increasing your activity level.
But I am too Old to Exercise
No one is too old to exercise! Get out there and get moving. You will be amazed at its benefits!