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It's never too late to start getting active. Being fit is important to everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself as "elderly" or you already have conditions such as osteoarthritis or heart disease. Being more active may improve your quality of life and can prevent or delay disability.
You can work on all three areas of fitness: aerobic fitness, muscle strengthening, and flexibility. Follow these general guidelines:
Although many people decrease their exercise as they age, continuing to exercise has definite benefits.
Exercise has specific health benefits for older adults. Exercise:1
Physical activity does not have to be strenuous. Older adults can gain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical activity. This can be done in longer sessions of moderately intense activities (such as walking) or in shorter sessions of more vigorous activities (such as fast walking or stair-walking).
Exercise caution signs for older adults
When you exercise, you do experience minor muscle and joint soreness. But other signs may point to something more serious. Stop exercising if you develop:
Last Revised: September 17, 2012
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