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According to the National Institute on Aging, just about every older adult can safely do some form of physical activity at little or no cost. Even household chores can improve your health. The key is to increase your physical activity by exercising and by using your own muscle power.*

People of all ages who are generally inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming active at a moderate intensity on a regular basis. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that regular physical activity:

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it."
~ Plato

  • Reduces risk of death from coronary heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death
  • Decreases risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure
  • Promotes weight control
  • Improves health of bones, muscles, and joints
  • Reduces falls among older adults
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Is associated with fewer hospitalizations, physician visits, and medications

And the benefits aren't just physical; a healthy body helps you manage stress better and sharpens the mind and memory!

*Source: Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
It's always wise to get advice from your doctor before making a big change in your physical activity. Ask what types of physical activity are best for you and how to best avoid injury.