Healthy Aging - Physical Vitality
I'm not physically active right now—how do I start? continued...
It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more
throughout your day and week. You can choose to do one or both types of
If you are just starting a fitness program or if you are
age 65 or older, talk to your doctor about how often is safe for you to be
- Flexibility is
increasingly important as age-related stiffness becomes a normal part of your
daily life. A regular stretching or yoga routine can greatly improve your ease of
movement. To help prevent injury, it's important to stretch before and after
any activity that uses your joints and muscles for more than a few
- Aerobic fitness conditions your
heart and lungs. Aerobic (oxygen-using) exercise is any activity that gets your
heart pumping faster than when you're at rest, circulating more oxygen-carrying
blood throughout your body. All kinds of daily activities can be aerobic,
ranging from housecleaning, yard work, or pushing a child on a swing to
walking, bicycling, or playing tennis.
- Muscle fitness includes building more powerful muscles and increasing how long
you can use them (endurance). Weight lifting builds stronger muscles and
strengthens bones. No matter what your age and whether you've done it before,
you can gain great benefit from strength training. As you age,
muscle fitness plays an increasingly important part in
staying at a healthy weight, because muscle is the primary cell type that uses
calories. Muscle fitness is also key to improving or preventing balance
problems, falls, and therefore bone fractures. Try to do exercises to
strengthen muscles at least two times each week.1
weight training or stair climbing on two or more days
that are not in a row. For best results, use a resistance (weight) that gives
you muscle fatigue after 8 to 12 repetitions of each exercise.
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