Physical Activity The Key To Longevity, Healthy Aging

For adults 65 and older, exercise can be the key to preventing many common health problems, strengthening muscles and endurance, and staying independent and able to carry out day-to-day activities without assistance from others. According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults need a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, and two or more days of muscle-strengthening exercises, such as lifting weights, push ups, sit ups, heavy gardening, or yoga. The CDC suggests breaking up physical activity into smaller chunks to make it more manageable. Health benefits can be achieved as long as a moderate or vigorous effort is made for at least 10 minutes at a time. More here.

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