Exercise is an important activity for people of all ages, but it’s even more crucial for seniors. Regular exercise can help improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and boost your mood. According to the CDC, by age 75, about one in three men and one in two women stop engaging in physical activity.
The World Health Organization lists a sedentary lifestyle as one of 10 leading causes of death and disability. That’s why adopting a regular exercise routine like walking, gardening or swimming can lead to a longer lifespan as you head into your golden years. Here’s a list of the many benefits regular exercise can provide, according to the CDC:
- Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
- Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
- Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
- Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength.
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.
- Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
Remember, if you’re not already active, start slowly. Health officials recommended talking with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. If you’ve been sedentary for a period of time, try starting with short intervals of moderate physical activity (5-10 minutes) and gradually building up your stamina. Following this approach will make you less susceptible to injury, and can prevent soreness.
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