Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. But, studies show physical activity goes down with age in people over 65. Being active is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 23.2% of adults meet both the aerobic and muscle-strengthening Physical Activity Guidelines.
- Less than 5% of adults exercise for 30 minutes a day.
- 82.1 Million Americans are not active.
EXERCISE MAY HELP YOU
- Lower your chance of getting some diseases or disabilities, like heart disease and diabetes.
- Keep your bones strong and build strength to help you stay independent.
- Reduce the chances of falling and improve your mood to help reduce depression.
- Boost your energy levels so you can do the things you want to do.
10 LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR STAYING ACTIVE
- Move your body.
- Move around at least 30 minutes a day. This could include walking, swimming, dancing, gardening or cleaning.
- Get up.
- Try not to stay seated for long periods of time.
- Find a buddy.
- A walking or fitness buddy can help you stay on track.
- Set goals.
- Write down a personal fitness goal and keep it in a place that you will see it often.
- Take care of yourself.
- When exercising, remember to warm up and cool down, and drink plenty of water. Also, be sure to wear the right kind of shoes that fit you properly.