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  • Writer's pictureJames Waterworth

Keep Moving! Exercise is Critical as we Age

We've all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it's as true for older people as it is for any age group?

Experts recommend four types of exercise for older adults: Endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility.

Brisk walking, dancing, and other endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. These exercises can make it easier for you to mow the lawn, climb stairs, and do other daily activities.

Strength exercise cans include lifting weights or using resistance bands. They can increase muscle strength to help with activities such as carrying groceries.

Balance exercise can help prevent falls - a major health risk for older adults. stretching, or flexibility exercises, Can give you more freedom of movement for bending to tie your shoes or looking over your shoulder as you back out of the driveway.

Exercise and Physical Activity can Help you:

  • Maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness

  • Improve your ability to do everyday things

  • Improve your balance

  • Manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis

  • Reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being

  • Improve your ability to shift quickly between tasts, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information

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