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.
Here are just a few of the benefits. Exercise and physical activity can help:
- Improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do
- Manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis
- Maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness
- Improve your balance
- Reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being.
How Much Physical Activity Do I Need?
The goal is to achieve at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) of moderate-intensity endurance activity a week. Being active at least 3 days a week is best, but doing anything is better than doing nothing at all. If you cannot do 150 minutes a week because of a health condition, do as much as your condition allows.
How Do I Stay Motivated?
Success starts with YOU—how fit and active you are now and how much effort you put into being active. Visit Go4Life motivation tools to help you fight off excuses, get motivated, and keep going. To gain the most benefits, enjoy all 4 types of exercise, stay safe while you exercise, and be sure to eat a healthy diet, too!