It’s never too late to start an
exercise program. With today’s medical technology and scientific advances, more people
are living longer. And with longer lives, people are looking for a higher quality of
life. Greater importance is placed on independent, healthy living. Exercise is a great
way to keep older people active.
- The DC lists the following physical activity guidelines for
- Move more and sit less. Some activity during the day is
better than none.
- For significant health benefits, do at least 150
minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of vigorous-intensity exercise a week.
- Gain additional health benefits by doing more than 300
minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.
- Get even more health benefits by doing strength
training that involves all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a
Exercise should be approached
carefully. It doesn’t have to be vigorous to be helpful. Even a walk around the park can
be positive for any age body and mind. And so can 30 minutes of working in the garden.
You also don’t have to do 30 minutes of exercise all at one time. Research now suggests
it’s just as effective to do 3, 10-minute periods of exercise spread out over the
Talk with your healthcare
provider if you have an existing health condition, have had a recent surgery, or you are
just starting an exercise program. Your provider can help make sure the exercise program
that you choose is designed with your health and wellness in mind.