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Healthy Aging

By Tracy Shields 5 years ago 4991 Views

Healthy aging consists of three main lifestyle components: eating well, exercising and reducing stress. This week, I’d like to focus on exercise.

Why Exercise?

• Regular exercise can help prevent hip fractures by keeping the bones and muscles strong.

• A lack of exercise can increase your risk of having a heart attack. ii 

• Additionally, the “single most important way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes is to give careful attention to a balanced diet and regular exercise program.” iii


How to Exercise: How often? What Types? How to Check Heart Rate?

• Most adults who wish to stay healthy need 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day, including resistance training at least three times a week.

• Watch an informative slide show to learn more about the basics of exercise. Learn the difference between aerobic and non-aerobic activity here, using the interactive slide show with a free quiz to test your exercise knowledge. 

• You can learn more about cardiovascular exercise and what your heart rate should be here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001941.htm

• Here is a free booklet that helps adults maintain an exercise program.


Physical Fitness for Seniors

• Seniors need a few hours of exercise every week but exercise can be broken down into 10-minute intervals if needed and may include many activities: gardening, walking, housework and swimming. Most important though: Exercise that strengthens the muscle groups should be done twice a week.

• Learn more about physical fitness for older adults.

• Here is another great resource to find more information about exercise for seniors.

• Here are some tips to help you stay active and overcome the common barriers to exercising.

• Here are some balance exercises for older adults.

• Visit the National Institutes of Health (senior health section). It’s a great resource for information on exercise for seniors. Watch videos, find safety tips and view exercises to keep you fit. Take a quiz to see how much you’ve learned.


If you haven’t exercised in a while, you will need to start out slowly and consult your physician, especially if you are at high risk or have an injury.


i http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/seniors/common-older/899.html


ii http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/heartdisease/basics/291.html 


iii http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/diabetes/diabetesrisk.cfm