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Exercise for Seniors
Why do we keep hearing about exercise?
Simple... because it is very important for all of us,
regardless of age.
Exercise benefits both our physical and mental health, and
allows us to do the things we enjoy and stay as independent
as possible for as long as possible.
As we age it becomes more critical to be active on a daily
basis to maintain our health. Regular exercise and physical
activity help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases
and disabilities as we grow older. It can be effective in
treating some chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart
disease, or diabetes, and it helps people with high blood
pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
Exercise and physical activity are both voluntary
movements and both burn calories. The difference is that
exercise is planned, structured, and repetitive, while
physical activity gets your body moving and includes
everyday activities such as taking the stairs, walking a dog,
We can all find appropriate things to do that fit our current
state of health, budgets, time, and interests. The U.S.
National Institutes of Health's Institute on Aging
recommends four types of exercise.