Aging Gracefully: The Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults
It’s never too late to improve your health
By Sharon O’Brien, About.com Guide
The notion that exercise is good for you has been around for quite a while, but until recently seniors have been left out of the picture.
Everyone Benefits from Exercise
Today, new information is emerging from research: people of all ages and physical conditions benefit from exercise and physical activity.
- Staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities, including dementia.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of seniors who are frail, or who have diseases that accompany aging.
Don’t Be Afraid to Exercise
Exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, but some older adults are reluctant to exercise. They may be afraid that exercise will be too strenuous, or that physical activity will harm them.
Research from the NIH shows that actually the opposite is true:
Source: About.com,Senior Living