Featured Health Topic: Exercise
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. Research shows that exercise and physical activity can help:
- Maintain and even improve your physical strength and fitness
- Improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do
- Improve your balance
- Manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis
- Reduce feelings of depression and improve overall well-being
The key to all of these benefits is you—how fit and active you are now and how much effort you put into being physically active. You'll get the most out of being physically active if you enjoy all 4 types of exercise, stay safe while exercising, and be sure to eat a healthy diet, too!
To help you be more physically active, the National Institute on Aging at NIH created Go4Life®, an evidence-based exercise and physical activity campaign that offers sample exercises, success stories, and free materials so you can get ready, start exercising, and keep going to improve your health and achieve a better quality of life. The interactive Go4Life website provides free information for individuals, families and friends, organizations, and health care professionals.
NIA Information on Exercise
May 29, 2013
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July 10, 2012
New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults
October 19, 2011
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November 4, 2009
Can a a specific exercise program stave off disability in older people? The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study, involving 1,600 people aged 70 to 89 at eight sites around the country, aims to find out. Read more about the LIFE Study »