Older Seniors Can Benefit, Too

Aging-and-ExerciseMore than two thirds of older adults don’t engage in regular physical activity, according to the National Institute on Aging. Most people know that exercise is good for them, but older adults have often been left out of the picture- until recently. Today research shows that people of different physical conditions have much to gain from exercise and from staying physically active. They also have much to lose if they become inactive.

Exercise isn’t just for older adults in the younger age range who live independently.  Researchers have found that exercise and physical activity also can improve the health of people who are 90 or older, who are frail, or who have diseases that often seem to accompany aging.

Staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay some diseases and disabilities as people grow older. In some cases, it can also improve health for older people who already have diseases and disabilities if it’s done on a long-term, regular basis.

-Source: National Institutes of Health