Topics of Interest: Exercise

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Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help older adults continue to do the things they enjoy and stay independent longer, as well as produce long-term health benefits. But, despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for older people, adults in the U.S. tend to become less active as they age.

The NIA believes that exercise and physical activity are one of the keys to a long and healthy life. The NIA is supporting research in several aspects of exercise and physical activity and has a number of resources for the public. In particular, the NIA national Go4Life® campaign provides information about how older adults can exercise safely.

The NIA-supported 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 whether a specific exercise program can stave off disability in older people.

See NIA research news related to Exercise below.