Health and Aging


Request for Information: Mechanisms of Physical Activity-Induced Health Benefits

Increased physical activity has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, insulin sensitivity, bone and muscle strength, and cognitive function. In addition, physical activity is associated with reductions in coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and depression. For most health outcomes, benefits increase as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency or longer duration, although the magnitude of these benefits diminishes with advancing age.

Exercise and Physical Activity


Get tips for starting a simple, safe exercise program at home.

This tip sheet is available as a PDF and an eBook. You can also find information about exercise and physical activity in Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging.

Go4Life Update

Go4Life® en español

Go4Life, NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign encourages Americans 50 and older to fit exercise and physical activity into daily life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, safety information, and free resources for health professionals and the public. The campaign now has 12 federal partners and 65 partners from the private sector.

Come dance with me

Hip replacement information now on

Information about hip replacement—including reasons to have the surgery, how to prepare for and recover from it, and ways to avoid complications—has been added to, the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health. Consumers can visit to learn more about this surgery, which occurs most often among people between 60 and 80 years of age.

NIH, Surgeon General launch Go4Life campaign at Capitol Hill briefing

Exercise and physical activity can help promote health and maintain independence, and this is as true for older people as it is for any age group. To encourage baby boomers—and their parents—to get active, the NIH on October 19 launched Go4Life®, a national exercise and physical activity campaign for people age 50 and older. The effort is led by the NIA, in concert with key initial partners from across NIH, HHS, and the private sector,

Workout to Go


Find sample workout exercises to keep up your physical activities and to help with strength, balance, and flexibility as you get older. A handy guide that includes step-by-step instructions and photos, to use at home or on the go.

Higher levels of common daily activity associated with lower risk of death

Older adults who expend more energy through any daily activity, including non-exercise activity, have a lower rate of death than adults who are less active, according to a study in the July 12 issue of JAMA.

New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults

Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Go4Life campaign encourages sedentary older adults to reap health benefits by making physical activity part of their daily lives. Only 25 percent of people aged 65-74 say they engage in regular physical activity.

La importancia del ejercicio


Hacer ejercicio y actividades físicas con regularidad es importante para la salud física y mental de casi todas las personas, inclusive los adultos mayores. Ser activo físicamente le puede ayudar a seguir haciendo las cosas que usted disfruta y a mantenerse independiente a medida que va envejeciendo. Hacer actividades físicas con regularidad a través de largos períodos de tiempo puede producir beneficios a largo plazo.

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