Healthy Aging: Living Long and Well
‘I don't have time.’
‘I'm too old-I might hurt myself.’
‘I'd be too embarrassed at a gym with all those fit young people around.’
Sound familiar? Maybe one of these is the reason you aren't physically active or exercising. But, in fact, scientists now know that it's usually more dangerous to not exercise, no matter how old you are. And you don't need to buy fancy clothes or belong to a gym to become more active.
Most older people don't get enough physical activity. Here are some reasons why they should:
• Lack of physical activity and not eating the right foods, taken together, are the second greatest underlying cause of death in the United States. ( Smoking is the #1 cause.)
• Exercise can help older people feel better and enjoy life more. No one is too old or too out of shape to be more active.
• Regular exercise can prevent or delay some diseases like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. It can also perk up your mood and help depression, too.
• Being active can help older people to stay independent and able to keep doing things like getting around or dressing themselves.
So, make physical activity a part of your everyday life. Find things you enjoy. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work around the house and in the yard. Take care of your garden. Climb stairs. Rake leaves. Do a mix of things that keep you moving and active.
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