According to the CDC, the weakness and lack of stamina we tend to associate with aging is the direct result of reduced physical activity. As we enter our golden years, we require the same level of fitness as younger adults in order to maintain our balance, avoid degeneration, and increase longevity.
Older adults who have previously been sedentary should consult a doctor before beginning any new activity. Start slow, five to 10 minutes a day, building your strength slowly.
According to the CDC, exercise offers the following benefits to seniors:
- Helps maintain the ability to live independently, and reduces the risk of falls and fractured bones.
- Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.
- Helps reduce blood pressure.
- Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions to improve their stamina and muscle strength.
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improves mood.
- Helps maintain bone, muscle and joint health.
- Helps control swelling and pain due to arthritis.
Get out there and move to stay balanced, strong and fast enough for tennis balls, at every stage of life.
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How much physical activity do you need?. CDC.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines
Tween and teen health. mayo.org. Retrieved September 10, 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/strength-training/art-20047758
Older Adults. CDC.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
Reviewed September 11, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith