CDC: Physical Activity Necessary For Healthy Aging

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One of the best things you can do for your health as you grow older is to take up some form of regular exercise.

For optimum health try to include both aerobic and strength training in your exercise routine.

For optimum health try to include both aerobic and strength training in your exercise routine.

Exercise can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age, as well as strengthen your muscles so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all, but your health benefits will increase with the more physical activity that you do.

If you’re 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions you can follow the exercise guidelines listed below for better health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Older adults need at least:

2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week to work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR

1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week to work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR

An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

More time equals more health benefits, reminds the CDC.

For information on the various forms of aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activities, go here.

Also read how David, 65, and Harold, 67, meet the exercise guidelines and have become healthier since taking up exercise.

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