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The benefits of exercise for aging adults

Start off by thinking about making at least a one-month commitment to physical activity. If you are able to increase your physical activity for 30 days, that's a great sign that you are on the right track and making your way to making exercise and physical activity regular, life-long habits. The notion that exercise is good for you has been around for quite a while, who can deny that, but until recently older adults have been left out of the picture.

Today, new information is emerging from research: people of all ages and physical conditions benefit immensely from exercise and physical activity. Scientific studies show that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay the onslaught of many diseases and disabilities that often cripple the lives of older adults. Researchers find that even minimal to moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.

Exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, but some older adults are reluctant to exercise. Some are afraid that exercise will be too strenuous or that physical activity will harm them. Yet, studies show that exercise is safe for people of all age groups and that older adults hurt their health far more by not exercising than by exercising! An inactive lifestyle can cause older people to lose ground in four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent: strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance. But research suggests that exercise and physical activity can assist older people to maintain or partly restore these four areas that often diminish with age.

Growing older doesn't mean people have to lose their strength or their ability to do everyday tasks. Donít let your age change the type of person that you are and the way you live your life. Exercise can help older adults feel better and enjoy life more, even those who think they're too old or too out of shape. Increasing strength and endurance make it easier to climb stairs and carry groceries. Improving balance helps prevent injury prone falls. Being more flexible may speed recovery from injuries. If you make exercise a regular part of your daily routine, it will have a positive impact on your quality of life, as you get older in several ways. Stay positive, be happy and healthy, and continue to live your life healthy!

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