There are many reasons why exercise is beneficial for health in seniors:
- Reduced cholesterol
- Reduced blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Decreased risk of coronary artery disease and stroke
- Improvement of blood sugar control
- Improved bone density
- Improved muscle strength
- Decreased risk of falls
- Improved sense of well-being
The categories of physical activity to include are aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Examples of suitable exercise are walking, dancing, tai chi, bowls, cycling, tennis and lifting weights.
Think of movement as an opportunity and try to accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.