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How Exercise Can Help You

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active.

Older woman opening a heavy door

Real Life Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

Exercise and physical activity aren’t just good for your mind and body, it can help you stay active and mobile as you age! Regularly including all 4 types of exercise will give you a wide range of real-life benefits.

4 Types of Exercise

Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Doing them all will give you more benefits.

older man exercising with hand weights outdoors.

Feel Down? Get Up! Emotional Benefits of Exercise

Research has shown that the benefits of exercise go beyond just physical well-being. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health. So, next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, try to get up and start moving!

Older woman dancing in a crowd and smiling
Senior Couple Jogging Along Track In Park
Older woman talking with her doctor
Older couple in the park each balancing on one leg