Physical Activity as You Get Older - Topic Overview
Being active can keep you
Exercise also has
these specific health benefits for older adults.
heart failure symptoms and shortens hospital
- Helps keep postmenopausal women
from losing bone density.
- Helps joints work better, with less pain,
- Improves sleep and reduces
- Helps your brain work better and improves
- May lower the risk of some cancers.
- Lowers the risk of:
- Hip and spinal fractures.
- Coronary artery disease.
Physical activity doesn't have to
be strenuous. Older adults can gain great health benefits
with a moderate amount of physical activity. This can be done in longer
moderately intense activities (such as walking) or in
shorter sessions of more
vigorous activities (such as fast walking or
Warning signs for older adults
When you exercise,
it's normal to have some minor muscle and joint soreness.
But other signs may point to something more serious. Stop exercising if you think you might be having a heart attack. Call 911 right away. Symptoms include pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in your chest, back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms.