SENIOR LIFESTYLES: Exercise remains beneficial for older adults

Published 3:43 pm Monday, May 13, 2024

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Exercise is just as beneficial for older adults as it is for children and young adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, engaging in regular physical activity is among the most important steps older adults can take as they seek to safeguard their overall health.

Such activity can prevent or delay many age-related health problems and strengthen muscles while improving balance, which can reduce risk for falls and injuries such as broken bones.

The CDC notes that certain physical activities can be characterized as multicomponent activities, which means they combine aerobic activity, muscle strengthening and balance training.

Examples of such activities include dancing, yoga, tai chi, gardening and even sports participation.