Why is exercise so important for older adults?

Exercise is important for everyone, especially older adults.

It helps maintain mobility and stamina while reducing the incidence of disease, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Exercising regularly has been shown to prevent or delay diabetes and heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Other Benefits

Other benefits of older adults choosing to exercise, according to the NIH and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), include the following:

  • Reducing arthritis pain
  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Helping people stay independent
  • Maintaining healthy blood vessels
  • Helping to manage weight
  • Helping to cope with stress
  • Reducing stroke risk
  • Reducing colon and breast cancers
  • Reducing the number of falls

For more information about why exercise is important to older adults, talk to your physician.

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