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Keep Active

As you age, it is important to keep active to improve your strength and balance.

Benefits of physical activity

  • Keeps bones and muscles healthy and strong
  • Improves your balance
  • keeps your heart and lungs healthy
  • Increases your energy
  • Helps you sleep
  • Reduces your fear of falling
  • Helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Improves memory and attention
  • Improves mood and sense of well-being

Suggestions

  • Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 5 days each week.
    • Moderate intensity: you will sweat and breathe harder
    • Vigorous intensity: you will sweat and be out of breath
  • If you are just getting started, build up slowly and add a few minutes each day
  • Include activities that strengthen both arm and leg muscles
  • For strength try wall push-ups, stair climbing or exercises with weights or bands.
  • For balance, try standing exercises, Tai Chi
  • For endurance, try walking, gardening, dancing, cross-country skiing, or swimming
  • For flexibility, try stretching, yoga, or Tai Chi

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