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In the U.S., over 104 million adults are age 50+, according to AARP. Of these older Americans, up to 34% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 and up to 44% of those 75 years old and over don’t participate in any type of physical activity per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Regular physical activity is good for everyone – including seniors. When you exercise and stay physically active on a regular basis, you can remain strong and healthy enough to continue doing the things you want to do as you age.  

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that older adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, per week. Plus, seniors should do muscle-strengthening exercises 2 or more days a week. However, if you suffer from chronic conditions that prevent you from getting the recommended amounts of exercise a week, you should be as physically active as you are able.

Some benefits you can gain by being physically active include:  

  • Increased life expectancy.
  • Enhanced quality of life and overall sense of well-being.
  • Prevented, delayed and/or managed progression of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and others.
  • Reduced need for hospital and doctor visits.
  • Decreased mental decline and the progression of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Improved balance and coordination, reducing your risk of falls, broken bones and injuries.
  • Increased strength for stronger muscles.
  • Better flexibility so it’s easier to do certain tasks.
  • More energy and endurance to do the things you need to do.
  • Greater stress management.
  • Weight reduction or maintenance.
  • Greater quality of sleep.

It’s never too late to start a physical activity routine. Just find an activity you enjoy doing on a long-term, regular basis. By making physical activity a regular part of your life, you can reap many benefits and maintain your independence longer.

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